Berber carpet is often associated with commercial spaces due to it durability and ease of maintenance. It’s a great option for any room in your Bloomington home, however. Learn more about the pros and cons of Berber carpeting, and contact our team at Floor Coverings International Southwest Metro Minneapolis when you’re ready for a free in-home consultation!
What is Berber Carpet?
Berber carpet is named for the Berber people of North Africa. The loop pile construction of the modern Berber carpet is reminiscent of the distinctive knotting that is used to make the tradition hand-woven rugs of the Berber tribes. The loop pile gives Berber its unique look, and contributes to the durability of the carpet.
Benefits of Berber Carpet
Berber carpet is often found in commercial spaces for a number of reasons. It’s relatively inexpensive, the common flecked color variations hide dirt and stains well, and the short loop pile stands up well in high traffic areas. It won’t crush and show wear as readily as cut pile carpets.
Because many office spaces have Berber carpet, it’s often overlooked for home installation. Berber carpet can be quite luxurious and stylish, however. A higher loop pile can make the carpet very soft underfoot, and high quality fibers such as wool or nylon make the carpet feel more cozy than commercial. In addition to the common flecked color options, Berber is often found in neutral tones, such as beige or grey, that look beautiful in home installations.
Berber carpet is well loved by office managers and homeowners alike for its durability. The loop pile is stronger than cut pile carpets and won’t crush or show vacuum tracks as readily as plush varieties. Berber is also quite easy to clean. Spills and debris tend to sit on the surface of the carpet, and when treated early, may not penetrate as deeply as spills on cut pile carpets.
Things to Consider
While there are many pros to Berber carpet, there are some cons to consider as well. Berber can snag easily. High heeled shoes, pet claws, and children’s toys are common causes of Berber snags and runs. Cleaning the carpet with a proper vacuum is important as well. Beater bars can cause a lot of damage to the surface.
Finally, while easy to clean, spills on Berber should be addressed immediately. While the loop pile will hold spills for a period of time, once they penetrate the loops, stains can be very difficult to remove.
If you’re interested in learning more about installing Berber carpet in your home or office, contact our team at Floor Coverings International Southwest Metro Minneapolis. We provide free in-home design consultations in the Minnetonka, Chanhassen, Eden Prairie, St. Louis Park area!
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