Wall to wall carpet has come a long way since the early beginnings of the chenille industry in Dalton, Ga. Carpeting is a floor choice that is still very popular today. Even with the surging market for hard surface products such as hardwood, ceramic, and luxury vinyl, carpeting remains a product that almost everyone still has in several rooms in the home. The decorating warmth that carpet gives is unbeatable when compared to other flooring options. The carpet industry has embraced the desires of flooring consumers and continues to develop newer, innovative styles, types and constructions of wall to wall carpet that offer more options than ever.
Newer styles of wall to wall carpet have entered the market in recent years. Frieze carpeting is a relative newcomer to the carpet segment. Frieze carpet has tight twists in the yarn. These tight twists give the yarn strands an irregular look almost creating a trackless dimension. The twists also enable frieze wall to wall carpet to hold up extremely well over time against traffic and wear. The distant cousin of Frieze is Shag carpet. Sure, Shag carpeting was popular in the 1970’s but today’s Shag is slightly different. With yarn not so bulky in the newer styles of Shag carpet, the floor still has a deep, rich touch, but not overdone. Newer Shag and Frieze carpets also offer multi-tone color schemes which give added flexibility when decorating a room around certain colors.
Wall to wall carpet also has newer types to choose from than in recent years. Patterned carpeting, carpeting that looks similar to woven rugs, is a carpet type that is gaining popularity among home owners. With more and more homes being built with formal seating and entertaining areas, the look of patterned carpet has found a niche. Another new type of carpet is called high low. High low carpeting is a solid color design. The carpet has patterns that have been sculpted into the carpet by tufting yarns at different heights. Many types of designs from formal, traditional to contemporary are available.
Wall to wall carpeting also has new constructions that have been introduced in recent years. New yarns, called P.E.T. yarns, made from recycled coke and ketchup bottles, perform very well. Another new construction is Mohawk’s Smartstrand carpet. Smartstrand’s yarn is partially made from corn oils. Not only is Smartstarnd eco friendly, it is incredibly soft, stain resistant and super performing. Shaw has also introduced a new yarn called Cleartouch. Cleartouch is a continuous filament P.E.T carpet that is stain resistant, has very little fuzzing, and is much softer than many other P.E.T yarns.