Carpet flooring is a larger part of our daily lives than we might realize. It’s everywhere! At home, at work, at the gym, in the car… the list goes on and on. Despite the fact that carpet is so omnipresent, few people know how it’s made or what it’s even made of. At Floor Coverings International Triad, we consider ourselves experts in the flooring industry and know a thing or two about carpet. That’s why today we’re talking about where carpet comes from!

The History of Carpet

While it isn’t known for certain where carpets first originated, the oldest rugs in the world are from Armenia. These rugs were made of sheep and goat wool, woven together using knots. They had intricate patterns and often told stories through symbolic imagery.

Things have changed quite a bit since then. While natural materials are still used, they certainly aren’t as common as they used to be. Now, carpet is made from mostly synthetic materials such as nylon, polyester, and olefin; using heavy machinery. Most carpets are made using a three-step process.carpet piedmont triad

1. Tufting

Tufting is just a fancy word for weaving carpet fibers into a backing material. There are a few methods for doing this, which will determine whether a carpet is loop pile or cut pile. For a loop pile carpet, the weaving needle guides each fiber through the carpet backing and hooks it back around. This holds each fiber in place. For a cut pile, these loops are cut. For a layered look, each cut is made at a slightly different height. There are plenty of options for every homeowner!

2. Dyeing

For even more customization, dyeing can occur at two different stages. When fibers are dyed before tufting, it’s called “yarn dyeing”. The advantages of yarn dyed carpets are consistency and uniformity across large areas. When fibers are dyed after tufting, it’s called “carpet dyeing”. This method provides a greater flexibility in color and often comes at a lower cost.

3. Finishing

After all the hard work has been done, it’s time to finish things up! The carpets are coated with a sealant to preserve their color, then an extra layer of backing is applied for added durability. High-quality carpets will also be sheared, which acts as a final measure for identifying any imperfections.

If you are considering carpet for your Greensboro home, make sure to consult with the experts at Floor Coverings International Triad. We are experienced with installing carpet all across the Triad area. Let us help you find the perfect floor for your home. Start by scheduling a free, in-home consultation today!

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