The following Carpet Glossary has been amassed from years of collecting carpet related terms. Many of these carpet terms have been borrowed from various sources over the years and in many cases the original source has been lost. In essence, these terms and definitions may be found in numerous publications with the exact verbiage, making it impossible to decipher the original source. Our apologies to the original authors.
Carpet installation is the single biggest problem with new carpet purchases. Often, once the installation goes bad, the entire purchase begins to sour. Carpet installation should be carefully researched to make sure the carpet installer uses CRI 104 -CRI 105 Carpet Installation Standards. Failure to follow recommended installation procedures can allow for a shoddy installation. Always preserve about 1 square foot piece of the original uninstalled carpet. Some manufacturing defect analysis only can be performed on unused (untrafficked) carpet. Also, should the carpet fail (which is rare), it is helpful to evaluate a new piece versus a sample that has been trafficked. Attic stock (preserved carpet) also can be used to plug damaged areas or heavily stained or soiled areas.