When buying carpets for the first time, it can naturally be very confusing for a newbie. There are many terms specific to the industry, and not to add, there are several factors to think about before buying a carpet. It is easy to easily get swept away by the egregious prices of some carpets, and often settle for cheaper ones that last less than a year. However, with proper knowledge, one can easily buy a wonderful carpet that can last decades with proper care, hence why it is always important to be informed before making any sort of a purchase.

To begin with, rugs Australia and carpets are from fabrics. There are many different kinds of fabrics, but the main distinction is made on whether they are natural fibres or artificial fibres. Examples for the former include the popular wool, cotton and silk, whereas examples for the latter include types such as nylon, olefin and sisal-like (which is meant to imitate the natural fibre named sisal). Secondly, the other main distinction is through how they are manufactured. Tufted carpets refer to those that are made by machines and held together by adhesive, whereas woven carpets are manufactured with looms. The tufted carpets are the lesser expensive ones, but they have a short lifespan of less than a decade, whereas the more expensive woven carpets can easily last anywhere from twenty to thirty years with proper care. Thirdly, the piles – that is, the yarns they are made of – can be found in different styles. Piles that are left intact denote the style that is called the ‘loop pile’; this is the type that can better withstand foot traffic as it does not easily come undone. The ‘cut pile’ features sheared piles; these often look better, but they cannot last long in areas with high foot traffic.

There is a third style that features both styles; this is the ‘cut and loop pile’. Furthermore, upon touching a carpet, you can also find out the length of the pile: the shorter piles are relatively easier to care for and maintain, but the longer (or more correctly, ‘deeper’) piles naturally feel more extravagant and luxurious to the touch.When you go around shopping for carpets, you will also come to see that all tapestries feature a label that provides general information on the carpet. Legally, the country of production (e.g. for example, a legitimate Persian rug would list Iran as the country of production) and the type of fabric that is used must be stated, but certain descriptions will also cover additional details.Finally, when purchasing a carpet, make sure to also look into the particulars of maintenance – that is, how should the carpet be washed and maintained. Many companies request proper cleaning done by professionals as a condition for warranty.