Carpet fiber Guide

Just as the treatment and arrangement of yarn can affect your carpet’s performance, so can the fiber the yarn is made of. But choosing the right fiber may seem to be a confusing task, because so many fiber makers have created brand names and advertised them heavily. In reality, though, carpet is almost always made from one of six fibers, each having its own unique performance qualities.

Acrylic Carpet Room Scene


If you'd like to have the look of wool without the expense, you should check into carpet made from acrylic fibers. Acrylic offers many of wool's characteristics and provides resistance to static, moisture and mildew. It also resists the absorption of water-soluble stains. But since acrylic fibers may begin to "fuzz" or "pill" with wear, carpets made of acrylic fibers are best used in lower traffic areas.

Advanced Generation Nylon Room Scene

Advanced Generation Nylon

While they are a bit more costly, advanced generation nylon carpets can be well worth the investment. Like regular nylon, advanced generation nylon is very durable, but it also offers built-in static control and the ability to resist and conceal soil.

Nylon Carpet Room Scene


Because of its outstanding durability, about 80% of all fiber used in carpet is nylon. Nylon also dyes easily, which makes it easier for carpet manufacturers to work with. Plus it's basically resistant to water-soluble stains.

Olefin Polypropylene

Olefin (Polypropylene)

When it comes to colorfastness, olefin just can't be beat. Unlike nylon's color, which is added on after it has been made into carpet, olefin's color is actually a part of its chemical makeup. Because of that, olefin is also almost totally resistant to any kind of permanent staining. And it resists moisture, mildew and static electricity. The only quality not found in most olefin carpets is the resilience and lush feel that nylon carpets offer. But for all their performance characteristics, olefin carpets can be well worth considering - especially when cost is a concern.

Polyester Carpet Room Scene


Thanks to new innovations in carpet manufacturing, when used in thick, cut pile textures, polyester can create a carpet that is soft to the touch and can offer strong vibrant colors with excellent color clarity. It's color fast and resists fading and spotting when used in direct sunlight. Today's polyester may be an ideal choice.

Wool Carpet Room Scene


Because most wool carpets are made from a blend of imported wools, they are generally more expensive than carpets made from synthetic fibers, such as nylon. Nonetheless, wool is noted for its completely natural soil and wear resistance, as well as its soft feel, high bulk, warmth and luxurious appearance.