As a homeowner who is always looking forward to improve your spaces and make the most of them, it is very probable that you feel attracted by all the different colors and textures that you can find in the accessories that the home market has to offer. In this opportunity we would like to share entertaining information about Berber carpets, which is a style of carpet among all the types of carpeting you can opt for. But before to start mentioning the pros or cons of this eye- catching home accessory, let’s make some research about the origin of this amazing style of carpet. Berber carpet owns its name to a tribe of people located in North Africa; they make their cloaks base on the same multi-leveled loops, using heathered and flecked yarns in order to create unique loops from the largest ones to tighter loops that help to give the yarn special interest and definition.
At the beginning, Berber carpets were thought to be installed only in basement rooms or home offices; but then thanks to how versatile they are, this style can excellently fits in any type of décor, what makes it now a really popular choice for all of the areas of your home. Today is possible to find both traditional and modern Berber carpet designs that are exceptionally distinguished by its different knotting patterns, dyes as well as textures.
Opting for Berber carpet: Pros
Berber is one of the most durable styles of residential carpet; this is the most popular selling point of this type of carpet. Even though Berber is made in looped and thus the fiber is stronger than it is in cut form, this does not necessary mean that all Berbers are the most durable among the carpet styles. The key to select a good quality carpet is by comparing two products with the same pattern of composition, and choose that one which has better durability for the same amount of money.
Since there are many types of Berbers, it will be very important for you to learn about them, in order to determine which one will provide you the best value for what you have paid. Moreover, this type of carpet is available in different prices that can be comparable to other cut- pile carpet styles. The fact Berber tends to be lower priced is mainly due to olefin fiber, which is a less costly material than any other fibers, like nylon or wool. Another reason why you can fin really affordable Berber carpets is because of their manufacturing process, which is less demanding than saxonies or friezes.
Additionally, this type of carpet can be found in unique designs and color schemes. Berber carpet generally has a flecked color skin, what gives it an amazing ability to match with multiple interior design schemes; and at this point we might want to highlight that in order to prevent wear patterns, and have your Berber carpets looking awesomely the whole year you should clean it every six to 12 months.
Fortunately wool Berber carpets are so versatile that they do not only provide your spaces with great appearance but also with comfort as they offer you a cushion sensation underfoot as you walk on them. Furthermore, Berber carpets contribute to insulate the room where they are installed, in both temperature and sound; this advantage make this style of carpet an excellent choice for your children’s bedroom or playroom, your family room or any other place of your home.
Opting for Berber carpet: Cons
Berber carpets are made from a loop construction; this can represent a con as there is the possibility of snagging or running, because objects can get caught in the loop and pull it out. However, it takes a lot of force to actually snag a Berber but there are some ways to prevent this from happening.
Another con you may find when having Berber carpets in your spaces is actually a contradictory statement (opposite to one of the pros we have mentioned), because many homeowners think that cheaper Berber have a rough feel and then they get cheaper olefin Berber carpets, finding them very comfortable and this is not an attribute of this style of carpet.
Rather than being stain resistant, we might define Berber as a great spills resistant alternative for your home flooring; spills then to sit on the surface of the carpet, so if you can notice them early, you are likely to prevent them from sinking into the fiber. On the other hand, most of the fibers of Berber are natural and non- toxic, they do not support bacteria growth; this brings you to another great attribute about this type of carpet, and it is due to the fact that Berber is fairly easy to clean and for instance, traditional Berber comes in multi- colored design, so it is easy to hide soiling or any other kind of stains that can occur. Basically this con can be omitted from our disadvantages list; we rather keep our thoughts positive and leave this at one less con.
Berber carpets have become a common option for high traffic areas with considerable heavy use for instance, offices. This way we can see how they have moved our from basement and have gain place in all areas of the home, Berber carpets can now be installed on stairs or railing posts. With Berber carpets there is no need to concern about your pets damaging the carpet, or the carper catching your pets’ claws; however in case you have a cat that really enjoys to sharpen its claws, there will be the possibility of damage the carpet material by repeatedly kneading the carpet, for this particular scenario we would like to recommend you to select a good quality carpet, this style of carpets take a lot of force to tear out one loop. And for more formal areas such as living rooms or dinning rooms, you can choose for a solid color that helps reduce the casual feel that a traditional multi-colored Berber can provide.