Three TOP TIPS
Choosing the right carpet fibre and type is essential so your buy stands the test of time
Wool is resilient, soft and warm, and retains its appearance. Both 100 per cent wool carpets and mixes with man-made fibres in an 80/20 or 50/50 ratio are available. The latter two may be better for busy thoroughfares like halls and stairs. Synthetics wear well, are stain resistant and easily cleaned. The latest versions can also have a silk-like look.
Twist pile carpet is hardwearing and has a textured appearance. Loop pile versions look like natural floorcoverings, but avoid them if you have a cat as claws tend to snag the loops. Velvet pile looks smooth, but it’s no less durable than a twist. Saxony, on the other hand, has a luxurious deep pile that makes it ideal for bedrooms.
Choose a carpet or material that’s right for the space. High-footfall areas like stairs and halls need heavy domestic or extra heavy domestic to cope. Living spaces can benefit from durable carpets, too. Bedrooms, apart from children’s, can have light-weight versions. If you’re choosing plant fibre, avoid seagrass on stairs and save jute for bedrooms.