Express Carpets

Suppliers and expert fitters of all domestic and contract floor coverings

Glossary

Decorative versatile cut pile
Textured surface helps hide footprints and vacuum marks
Adds casual beauty to any room
Looks great between vacuumings
Preferred style for busy areas
A great “whole-house” carpet

Textured Plush

Saxony

Refined cut pile surface
Luxuriously smooth, soft finish
Beautiful with traditional interiors
Adds distinctive elegance to any room
Ideal for living and dining rooms
Shows subtle highlights and accents

A wool-like look and rugged loop surface
Natural, hand-crafted appearance creates a warm, personal atmosphere
Tight loop texture helps hide footprints and vacuum marks
Subtle patterns fit a variety of room styles
Ideal choice for contemporary to country to cottage furnishings

Berber Loop-Pile

An exciting new berber look with all the wonderful color and interest
of traditional loop berbers
The great plush “feel” of thick, cut pile carpet
Beautifully crafted and colored yarns add personality to any room
Very versatile decoratively, ideal for casual rooms, kids’ rooms, etc.
Subtle color flecks help hide soil that might appear between cleanings

Berber Cut-Pile

Carved definition with cut and loop pile
Accent colors spice up floor surfaces
Multicolor effects hide soil and stains
Looks great between vacuumings
Choose from soft tonals to bolder color combinations

Cut-Loop

Versatile styles blend comfortably with any decor
Durable long-wearing surface pile engineered for high traffic areas
Intriguing color choices suitable for professional and practical installations
Textured surfaces provide subtle highlights


Commercial

Different Carpet Textures and weaves

Carpet selection is based on 4 principles:



Fibre — This is what the carpet pile is actually made of. Single fibres are spun together to create two, three or four-ply yarn, which is then attached to a woven or synthetic backing.

Pile — the height of the actual fibres used in the carpet.

Density / Face Weight — the density is the amount of fibre tufts per square inch. Carpet face weight is measured in ounces per square yard. For instance, a 60oz carpet contains more fibres per yard than a 40oz carpet and so would be seen as higher quality, with a denser pile. However, when using weight to compare carpets, make sure you’re comparing like materials (ex: nylon to nylon, not nylon to polyester or wool).

Texture — the style in which fibres are looped, twisted or cut provides texture. This is often refered to as the weave of the carpet.

Carpet fibers are either natural or synthetic.

Wool is by far the most common natural fibre used in carpet; cotton and other natural fibers are often used in rugs. The major synthetic yarns are nylon, polypropylene, acrylic and polyester.

Wool offers a deep, rich look and feel with excellent resilience and durability. Fibres of wool tend to resist flattening of the pile, keeping the carpet in good condition for longer. Although it has some level of natural stain resistance, it can require a higher level of maintenance to keep clean. Stubborn spills and soiling can be difficult to remove without proffessional help.

Nylon is one of the most common carpet materials. It’s the strongest fibre, making it an excellent choice for heavy traffic areas. It’s also the most durable of the synthetics, easy to clean and maintain. Nylon is soil- and mildew-resistant, resilient and non-allergenic. Some nylon may be prone to static electricity build up.

Polypropylene is resistant to moisture, mildew, water damage, staining, pilling, shedding and static. Now it’s widely used for its durability and wool-like feel and appearance. Polypropylene is dyed before it’s made into a fibre and therefore is completely colorfast. This means that it can even be cleaned with bleach solution to remove staining! Polypropylene can flatten more quickly than natural materials such as wool and can fade over time in strong direct sunlight.

Blends are a mixture of the above materials, in order to capture the best qualities of each. The classic ‘quality’ blend is 80%/20% wool/nylon - a mixture which offers most of the benefits of pure wool, but with the increased stain resistance and durability of nylon. However, many other blends exist - each offers benefits in different floooring situations.