Carpets : Types and applications in commercial spaces

Carpets have been considered essential floor covering options for a long time. Though initially manufactured from wool and other extravagant organic fibers, modern carpets have been manufactured from synthetic materials like polypropylene, nylon, and polyester which are often cheaper and more durable options. With a range of options available in the market with their own sets of positives, one should that particular option which suits best according to their criterion. 

Types of carpet based on styles :

Based on the methods by which the carpet fibers are attached to their backing, the different styles of carpet construction are available.


  • Loop Pile: It is that style of carpeting that consists of fibers bent into little loops and is durable, stain-resistant and possessing a low profile and restricted cushioning. It consists of 2 types. Level loop or Berber displays short loops that stand out to endure a high volume of traffic. Multi-level loops have fibers of variable heights that render a unique pattern on the carpet.
  • Cut Pile: This style of carpet construction is devoid of loops and has the yarn tips cut off. These are softer and denser than Loop Pile carpets. There are numerous types of cut pile carpets. Plush has a smooth and evenly textured formal appearance. Saxony has a smooth feel but the longer fibers allow footprints to linger and furniture to create a dent. The textured cut pile consists of fibers of uneven length to produce rough surface texture. Frieze carpet consists of long fibers and is not suited to high traffic areas. Cable carpet consists of long, thick fibers and feels comfortable underfoot. 
  • Cut and Loop: Cut and Loop type of carpets consist of both loop and cut yarns and has the best qualities of both types combined in one. It is dirtproof and stain-resistant.


Types of Carpets based on fiber varieties :

Based on the variety of fibers, both natural and synthetic, carpets can be summarised into the following types.


  • Nylon: This type of carpet fiber is durable, extremely resistant to wear and tear, but not much resistant to stains and hence stain-resistant carpet treatment should be applied. It is one of the most popular fibers employed in carpeting.
  • Olefin: It is a type of fiber which is tougher than nylon but is not as comfortable underfoot. It is mold, moisture and mildew resistant and is applicable for carpeting in basements and outdoors. 
  • Acrylic: This type of carpeting fiber is not highly popular but is a cheaper alternative to wool.
  • Wool: It is a natural cum eco-friendly fiber and is a durable and stain-resistant yet an expensive option.


Commercial Applications of Carpets :

Carpets are essential flooring options for all kinds of commercial buildings as they cause 

  • Insulation of all kinds of objectionable noises like the sound of traffic and soles of shoes.
  • Improving indoor air quality by trapping all kinds of dirt, dust, pathogenic substances which harm the physiology and psychology of the people inhabiting those spaces.
  • Providing comfort underneath the feet and protect the flooring from stains and dents.
  • Improving the appearance of the concerned commercial spaces and enhancing the overall impression of the space.

The best type of carpet for commercial purposes : 

Most commercial carpeting options come in the form of synthetic fibers like Nylon or Olefin.

Olefin or Polypropylene is the most commonly used carpeting option. It is an inexpensive carpeting option that is solution-dyed and hence provides extreme protection against stains. These carpets perform well under moderate traffic concentration or under a limited period of commercial usage.

Nylon is the best quality fiber that can be utilized in carpet installation purposes in commercial spaces. It is similarly solution-dyed and stain-resistant. But the high price ensures better appearance, higher durability, and a better life expectancy.

Though all of these carpet fibers can be employed for commercial purposes, they require good quality carpet maintenance for enhanced longevity.

These, in short, are the different types of carpets and their respective commercial applications in the industry. Expert advice should be taken in terms of carpet installation and maintenance. 

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