A Description of Common Carpet Fibers
Nylon FiberNylon is the most common of all carpet fibers, and its high durability makes it a popular choice for areas of the home that receive high foot traffic. Resistant to most dirt, mildew and moisture, this fiber is also known for its ease of maintenance and non-allergenic properties.
PET Polyester FiberThis is an excellent fiber choice for the budget conscious. Polyester shares many of nylon’s nonallergenic, moisture and wear resistant properties but lacks the same degree of durability.
PTT Polyester FiberFibers are extruded from a new generation of polymer giving it exceptional durability along with built-in stain resistance, color clarity, colorfastness, luxurious softness, and ease of maintenance.
Olefin or Polypropylene
Olefin or Polypropylene fiber This fiber was first used in carpets designed for use outdoors and in spaces with high levels of moisture and humidity. Color-fastness, resilience, and resistance to water damage, mildew and piling are important benefits of this fiber. Polypropylene fiber is also recognized for a luxurious appearance and outstanding softness.
Wool is highly valued for its durability and luxury. Soft to the touch and very dense. Wool is a naturally renewable resource and a great “green” choice for flooring.
Below is a reference chart of carpet fibers and the characteristics to keep in mind when making your carpet choice.