To get an idea of how different types of carpets feel, ask if you can walk barefoot on samples in the showroom – if you or family members like to loll around on the floor playing games or watching TV, you’ll appreciate a comfortable floor covering. A dense and plush cut pile carpet will feel softer than a loop pile, and wool generally feels nicer than nylon.
Another option is durable sisal, made from the agave plant, which feels firm but not scratchy. “Sisal works well in coastal, country and Scandi decorating styles,” says Emma. It looks great in living rooms, hallways and bedrooms but is less suitable for damp areas like kitchens and bathrooms, as moisture can make the natural fibres shrink. For a luxe option, pure sisal woven with soft New Zealand wool is available from The Natural Floorcoverings Centres. Or to get the look of sisal with the feel of wool, there’s Carpet Court’s Gaia Wool Far North collection.