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Everyday Cheapskate: How to Buy Carpet: What You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Decision

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SAXONY

Very dense-cut pile carpet with well-defined tufts. You can actually see the individual tuft tips, giving it a very textured look. Has a rough, textured appearance, although quite similar in appearance to plush.

BERBER

Made of short looped yarn that is aligned in rows for a uniform look. Loops can snag and run easily like a pair of hose. When that happens, it is nearly impossible to repair.

CUT-PILE BERBER

Not really berber, as the loops are all cut to make short pile from fat yarn. The speckled look resembles berber. Looks good when new but wears poorly.

 

COMMERCIAL

Known for small, low-level loops and short-cut pile. Usually glued to the floor. Not typically used in residential areas, as it's not soft underfoot.

TYPES OF FIBER

NYLON

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