Rug & Carpet Terminology

Things you should know before investing on a carpet


Contract & custom handmade carpets are used for commercial & non-commercial purposes. These are purchased as per request from a reputed company like us. You should also be informed about some terminologies regarding contract & custom handmade carpets.

When you are choosing a carpet for your office or the entrance of your hotel, finding the most convenient and the cost effective one is necessary to match the decor of your room and we are here to help you out to select the right one. Carpets are made of different fibers the most versatile being a wool carpet. Besides providing resistance to stains, wool carpets are unlikely to get soiled and thus lesser chances of getting them changed frequently. We provide a wide range of contract carpets, tiles and other decorative floor coverings. Deliveries are made to most places with the availability of architects and flooring contractors.

Things to consider

While selecting a commercial carpet five important points should be your main concern. They are:

  • How suitable is the carpet for the area?
  • Durability
  • Easy maintenance
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Attractiveness

Terminology of Contract Carpeting

Below is a glossary of carpet terms which every carpet buyer should be aware of. These are the terminology of contract carpeting and a clear cut idea helps to choose the best product from an array of carpets. Some of them have been described in brief below:

  • Abrash- There can be variations in color density. It can be due to washing of carpets. If the wool is dyed at different intervals of time and also in different batches of color, variations can come easily. Though it can be seen as flaw, but it enriches the beauty of a carpet.
  • Backing- The fabric that is used for the foundation of the carpet. It embraces the yarn at the right place during the process of tufting.
  • Berber- It is a looped style carpet, great in comfort and durability. A number of colors are used against the backdrop of the base color.
  • Binding- A process to make the edge look more beautiful. Usually a strip is sewn at the edge. It also protects the boundaries.
  • Cable- A cut pile-style carpet for low traffic areas. It is made up of thicker and longer yarn. Not suitable for hallways and corridors.
  • Density- A measurement of how tightly a yarn is stitched. One can also measure how close the tufts are to each other. For enhanced performance, a thicker pile is preferable.
  • Dyeing- The process of adding colors to the carpets.
  • Face Weight- Amount of fiber used per square yard.
  • Shading-It is misconceived that shading is a change in the color. But actually it is the difference in light reflection. It is just a distortion which causes a change in appearance.
  • Shedding- Losing and coming out of the fibers in a new carpet. The problem is solved by early vacuuming.
  • Tufted- A carpet made on machine where needles insert pile yarn.

The terminology of contract carpeting is vast and the above mentioned points are to help you understand clearly about the choices.