carpet fiber types jersey villageWhen choosing a carpet for your home, there are many variables to consider, including color, texture, and fiber type. It is important to choose your carpet fiber carefully because it’s the fiber that determines a carpet’s durability, stain resistance, price, and feel. We have a large selection of carpets to choose from at Floor Coverings International Spring Branch Houston, TX, and being knowledgeable on the common carpet fiber types will significantly aid your search in the ideal carpet for your Jersey Village home.

About Carpet Fiber Types

There are a number of carpet fiber types on the market, but the most common ones are nylon, polyester, and polypropylene. These are all synthetic carpet fibers derived from plastics. Wool is a great natural carpet fiber type, although it is not incredibly common due to its price.


Nylon is one of the most commonly used fiber types, contributing to about 65% of all carpet sold in the U.S. It’s popular for a good reason – nylon fiber is superior to other fibers in terms of resiliency, abrasion resistance, sunlight resistance, and stain resistance. Nylon fiber commonly comes as nylon 6 or nylon 6.6 fiber type, with the latter considered the most superior. Due to nylon’s overall benefits, it is one of the more expensive synthetic fiber choices. It can be used to create carpet textures ranging from coarse to soft.


This is another synthetic fiber type that is common in the U.S. While it is very resistant to fading and stains, polyester is not as resilient as nylon and is prone to crushing and pilling. While it may not be the top performer in resilience, it is still a strong fiber choice and is best for low or medium traffic areas in the home like the bedroom. Polyester is known for being soft and silky, and it is the best fiber choice for color intensity.


Polypropylene fiber is growing in popularity and is one of the less expensive carpet fiber types. It has superior stain resistance (except against oil-based stains) and is highly resistant to fading and moisture. However, it is not the most resilient fiber type and is susceptible to crushing and friction. While it would not make a great choice in busy commercial spaces, it would hold up just fine in a family living room.


Wool tends to be expensive, which is one of the reasons why it is more commonly used in rugs rather than wall-to-wall carpeting. However, it can be great for those willing to spend the money on this natural alternative. Wool comes with the advantage of great resiliency, durability, and stain resistance. It does have the potential to wear down over time and does not hold up well under heavy traffic loads or moisture. Its soft, woolly feel is a texture hard to obtain through synthetic fibers, and it may be a preferred choice for homes looking to be more eco-friendly.

Getting Started

There are a number of different carpet fibers to be knowledgeable about when shopping for new carpets. Call Floor Coverings International Spring Branch Houston, TX today to learn more about our carpet selection and to schedule a free, in-home consultation. We proudly serve the greater Spring Branch, Spring Valley, Jersey Village areas, and we look forward to working with you!

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