When it comes to floor coverings carpets are definitely back in vogue
Enhanced by new fibres and vastly improved wearability, carpet is definitely back in vogue, writes Catherine Nikas-Boulos
For a while there carpet was the Cinderella of flooring, pushed firmly out of the spotlight by timber floorboards and gleaming tiles which promised to transform rooms into contemporary, low maintenance wonderlands.
The promise that you could simply wipe up a mess and do away with vacuuming, weighed heavily in their favour.
But carpet is coming in from the cold, as innovations, fun colours and its undeniable warmth revives interest.
Carpet Court national product manager, Anthony Carter, says that while hard flooring such as tiles and vinyl remains popular in high-traffic living areas and hallways, carpet is starring in theatre rooms, parents’ retreats and bedrooms.
“At the same time, carpet yarn technology has moved towards softer yarns and higher density carpets. So the emerging trend has been to see customers buying softer more luxurious carpets for these areas.”
Solution dyed nylon fibres continue to dominate the residential carpet market, particularly because of their fade resistant qualities, but new products are competing for a chunk of the market.
“Triexta, a modern fibre sourced partly from corn, has also proved popular in recent years. It has inherent stain resistance, fade resistance and best of all can be cleaned just with water,” Anthony says
Carpets fell out of favour with many because they were thought to require the most work to maintain and the risk of stains.
“If carpets are vacuumed weekly and steam cleaned annually, they actually provide a very clean and excellent flooring choice,” says Anthony, who points out timber and tiles still need to be swept daily and mopped regularly.
“Carpet traps dirt and dust and stops it circulating in a room, allowing it to be vacuumed.
“So the message on dust and allergies is more about correct maintenance rather than one floor type being better than another,” he says.
Carpets also have obvious acoustic benefits and wool carpets can also provide excellent fire safety. They absorb moisture during high humidity and release the moisture back in low humidity – a natural airconditioner of sorts.
“Last but not least, carpet is a great choice for safety. Many families choose carpet for this reason with young children.”