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carpet used in Kurrajong house
Answered Saturday 18 April 2009 |
I want to carpet my double storey house and am looking at needing about 40 lineal metres of carpet and need some advice. I have always used 80/20 twist pile carpet but there seems to be a lot of nylon or polypropelene carpet around now that is at least the same price as wool and I'm very confused. I was told by a carpet retailer that nylon is the way to go but I'm thinking they are giving me this advice because they have a lot of that particular carpet to sell. Are these new carpets in man-made fibres any good or should I avoid them and go with wool/nylon mixtures or all wool? I thought the carpet you used in the Kurrajong house was very nice and was wondering what it was (I liked the pattern) and would a pattern in carpet tend to tread down over time.
Any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated as I don't want to make a very expensive mistake.
there is a good debate for both of these.
High traffic, little kids, animals and general rough and tuff, asthmatics in the house, I would go for man made. It will suffer heavy treatment best.
If you dont have this kind of treatment where there are sectioned areas for animals (ie tiles or boards in other areas) dont wear your shoes constantly inside and dont hold wild dinner parties every week where your carpet is - wool is alwasy best.
So firstly you need to look at the lifestyle and living conditions you have and see which will suit your life best. Wool will always need a little extra care due to it natural fibre.
Going for either fibres, look at the density of the final product and the tighter the weave/pile the better wearing it will give. Go for the best you can afford at the time (even if you have to wait a bit) and go to the best grade of underlay for the conditions, as spending a good price on your carpet and not your underlay doesnt make sense.
Only you can answer thse questions so make your list and see which will suit your family best.
I hope this helps?
Interior Design Expert