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Berber Carpet Tips and Facts

By Michael Hilton

When shopping for carpet, the popular Berber carpet styles often comes to mind. Here are some tips and facts that can help you decide if Berber carpet is right for your home.

  • Berber is a weaving technique and not a type of carpet. Berber carpet can be woven from a variety of fibers including wool and synthetic fibers including nylon, olefin, and polyester as well as combinations of these fibers.
  • The term "Berber" refers to the Berber civilizations of northern Africa. Cloaks worn by the Berber people are woven in the looped style that defines today's Berber carpet styles. The Berber technique of weaving fibers has withstood the test of time; the Berber people have been creating woven garments in their signature style for thousands of years.
  • Less expensive versions of Berber carpeting can be problematic. They're typically available in beige to off-white tones, and may discolor. For many households, light colored carpeting isn't a practical choice.
  • The fiber content of Berber carpet determines which colors are available. Although the least expensive Berber styles are limited in color choice, wool and wool blend Berbers are available in many colors. Traditional rugs woven by Berber artisans were woven in intricate patterns in a wide variety of rich colors. It's a good idea to research fiber content and limitations when comparing carpet styles and cost.
  • The construction of looped Berber carpet renders it durable and wear resistant. Modern Berber carpet options include both looped and cut-loop styles. Looped styles feature superior durability, while cut-loop Berbers provide luxurious texture and dense pile.
  • "Out of sight, out of mind" doesn't apply to carpet padding. Selecting a high quality carpet padding can help preserve your Berber carpet and enhance your comfort. Carpet padding is available in hypo-allergenic and eco-friendly materials, and is available with moisture and mold-mildew deterrents.

Before buying, take time to learn about Berber carpet styles and compare styles, price, and installation packages. Your Berber carpet can potentially increase the value of your home while providing lasting comfort and beauty.

Sources

http://www.berber-arts.com
http://www.theberbercarpet.com
http://www.wfca.org

About the Author
Michael Hilton was the original creator of Carpet Buyers Handbook. Having owned and operated a carpet wholesale company, Hilton has a vast knowledge about all-things carpet related as well as other types of flooring.

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