A new carpet is an investment that is likely to be with you for years and so, if possible, it is a good idea to choose your carpet first and then match other items to match it when decorating or furnishing a room.
Before you select your carpet, you should think about the colour, style and texture that is most suited to your taste and your life style. The type of fibre and the quality of the carpet is qually important because the way it performs on the floor will also be a major consideration.
It is also worth thinking about what you expect from your new carpet and explain that to the sales assistant. After all, some people want to change their decorations and furnishings frequently and others want a carpet to last 20 years. Either way, there will a product available to suit your requirements and your retailer will be able to help you find it..
Of course, with carpets and rugs, as with most other products, you generally get what you pay for and paying even a little bit more can result in a substantial increase in quality and performance.
A cheap, low quality carpet may last for a reasonable time from a wear point of view but will probably flatten and lose its appearance quickly. It is also unlikely to provide the comfort level you are looking for and can cost you more in the long run. You will probably want your carpet to look good for many years. In order to achieve this, there are certain factors which should be taken into account.
It is fairly obvious that the more use a carpet receives the quicker it will lose its appearance and the quicker it will wear. Areas such as hall, stairs and landings will normally receive much higher wear than, say, a bedroom or even a lounge but this can vary enormously.
For example, a student studying for several hours each night in the relative quiet of a bedroom could generate excessive wear under a desk or table in what would normally be a light wear area. Conversely, a stairway leading to a self-contained flat would receive far less wear.
However, the principle is fairly clear – identical carpets laid in different wear situations will perform differently. Many people recognise the terms Axminster or Wilton and identify them with quality. Whilst many Wiltons and Axminsters are good quality, these are merely names derived from the type of loom or machine on which the carpet is produced. Consequently don’t buy just on the name alone – ask the sales assistant for advice on the quality that you need and look for added reassurance look at the manufacturer’s suggested wear rating.