Berber carpet

At Floor Coverings International Spring Branch Houston, TX we have an extensive selection of carpet materials and styles. With so many to select from it is a good idea to review the different characteristics of each so that you can choose the one that best meets your needs. One style of carpet that you should definitely take a close look at is berber.

Many people are familiar with this name, but it is a common misconception that berber is a brand of carpet. In actuality, berber is a style of what is called “loop pile” carpet. Loop pile is carpet whose fiber ends are woven into the backing material. This should be contrasted with “cut pile” carpet, where the fiber strands are cut and left detached at one end.

Traditional Berber CarpetsBerber carpet actually takes it name from the Berbers who have inhabited North Africa for centuries, and today are primarily found in Morocco, Algeria, and Niger. The Berbers have been hand-weaving rugs since the Paleolithic era and continue to do so to this day. Contemporary varieties of berber carpet are made with modern machines that mimic the look of their hand-woven forebears.

Berber is a popular carpet style for many reasons. For one, its loop pile construction makes it very durable. For this reason, it is quite suitable for high-traffic areas and is commonly found in commercial settings such as schools and hotels. Aside from this, berber also makes a great choice for home use due to its stain resistance and ease of cleaning and maintenance. It will stand the test of time and hold up well to extra abuse that may come from having children and pets.

Traditional berber carpets are woven from natural fibers like sheep’s wool or camel hair, but today in addition to wool you will also find berber manufactured using synthetic materials such as olefin and nylon. The benefit of these materials is that they tend to be less expensive while still providing great versatility, durability, and style.

Berber is a particularly popular carpet in the Spring Branch, Spring Valley, Jersey Village area. If you think it might be the right carpet for you, be sure to contact us at Floor Coverings International Spring Branch Houston, TX to set up a free in-home consultation with one of our dedicated flooring experts!

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