Modern Carpet Choices
Carpet is hardly limited to velvety cut piles or loopy berbers. Graphic options and textured solids have redefined the way floor coverings are used in a room.
Cozy and inviting, some rooms simply call carpeting. Viewed as a luxury when it was introduced in England in the late 18th century, carpet has now become a necessity for certain area of your home. It is cost effective, disguises ugly floors, and creates a sound barrier.
Carpet is hardly limited to velvety cut piles or loopy berbers. Graphic options and textured solids have redefined the way floor coverings are used in a room. While still a backdrop for the rest of the furnishings, carpet can be just as an important player in color and texture.
Flatweave carpets are best used in living or dining areas that get heavy traffic or are combined with area rugs. These coverings show off woven graphics and wear extremely well. Patterson Flynn and Martin and Merida Meridian offer a number of options in wool and sisal. Used wall to wall or bound, a flat weave unifies an area. Keep in mind that the low pile will make seams more noticeable, so it becomes important to think about placement. Try not to highlight a seam by putting it directly in front of a window or doorway.
Frieze carpets are soft plush carpets that twist the yard for added dimension. These are great for casual rooms, and hide seams and staining very well. Shag carpets have been a fun comeback but are best used as bound area rugs.
Fiber choice will define what price point you fall in. Olefin and nylon will be in the least expensive category, and are easy to clean. Naturals such as sisal, jute or seagrass give a modern look to a room, but are tough on the toes if you like to walk barefoot. The gold standard is still wool, and while it is indeed the priciest, it will last the longest and look most luxurious.