Three TOP TIPS

Choos­ing the right car­pet fi­bre and type is es­sen­tial so your buy stands the test of time

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Fi­bre FACTS

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.

Think Tex­ture

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.

right-room Pair­ing

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.

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