There are a variety of carpet styles and surface texture options available, all of which affect the appearance, feel, and importantly, performance of your carpet.
By and large, the more luxurious the surface, the more care it will need. Shorter pile usually wears better than long pile carpet but is not as luxurious. It all comes down to personal taste and room usage. The most common styles are:
Twist Pile Carpet – These carpets have a coarse, rugged finish.
Velvet Pile Carpet – Have a smooth luxurious appearance, rather like suede.
(On a like-for-like basis the only difference between Twist and Velvet is aesthetic)
Loop Pile Carpet – These replicate the look of natural flooring such as coir and sisal. Cats and anything with long claws are not a good idea with loop pile carpet.
Saxony Carpet – Has a deep pile with a pronounced sensuous feel. Though popular in bedrooms, they do flatten so are not recommended in heavy traffic areas.
Patterned Carpet – Usually has a smooth velvet surface with excellent appearance retention.