Don't worry if you can't tell your saxony from your velvet - check out our guide to carpet terms and you’ll never be baffled again
* Tufted twist is a cut-pile carpet, twisted to give a more course, textured finish. Good for high traffic areas.
* Velvet is a soft cut-pile carpet. It has a smooth suede-like appearance and is just as hard-wearing as a twist-pile carpet
* Loop pile carpets consist of uncut loops of fibre and have an appearance similar to natural flooring
* Saxony is a dense cut-pile tufted carpet. Its deep pile gives it a luxurious feel, however it can flatten easily and is better suited to low traffic rooms.
* Wool is a common carpet fibre. It has a soft feel and doesn’t flatten easily
* Nylon is strong and doesn’t flatten easily
* Polyester is easy to clean and wears well
* Polypropylene is stain resistant but can flatten easily
* 80:20 is a mixture of 80% wool and 20% synthetic fibre such as nylon or polyester. Fibres are blended together to produce yarns with stronger characteristics than if they were on their own.
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