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Have you ever walked into a carpet retailer and been completely overwhelmed by the array of choices, well your not the only one. Whether you like a loop, twist, or plush pile carpet we have a selection of them all. As explained below there are several different carpet styles and carpet types available each with its own added benefit. CARPET STYLES Loop pile Carpet Loop pile carpets are made with loops that are all the same height, creating a flat, smooth surface. These carpets can be very casual or very formal looking, depending upon the style. Loop pile carpets are very durable. The loop pile does not show footprints and wears exceptionally well making it an excellent carpet for busy areas, such as family rooms, hallways and staircases. Due to their popularity, loop pile carpets are available in a huge range of colours and styles which can be seen below. Twist pile Carpet Twist pile carpet is a durable and popular style for residential homes. It’s where the fibre loops are cut and twisted, giving exceptional comfort and long-term wear. This style of carpet is suitable for a wide range of areas and uses. Twist style carpets tend not to show tracking or watermarking and come in a large variety of colours. Multi-level loop Carpet Multi level loop carpets are a popular variation on loop pile carpets.  The loops of differing heights create patterns or lines within the carpet, adding to the carpet texture and interest. This style of carpets is very hard-wearing and often looks like the texture of sisal. Plush Carpet Plush pile carpets are very luxurious to the touch, having a velvet like appearance. The pile is short and slightly twisted. Soft and lush, plush pile carpets do tend to show footprints and can watermark or show shading over time. Watermarking/shading is not a defect – it is most often due to wear and does not affect the durability of the carpet. An excellent carpet for comfort and style, suitable for lower traffic areas. CARPET TYPES Heathered carpet Heathered carpet refers to carpets that are made of yarns with colourways of generally earthy tones, flecked or mottled appearance. This creates a great natural style with a variety of colour throughout the carpet, compared to one solid block colour. The pile surface can be in the form of chunky loops or a more refined cut pile appearance. Patterned carpet Patterned carpets are made with cut pile style. Patterned carpets work particularly well with larger scale designs as each of the fibres is specifically coloured to create the overall design. This can often result in a pixilated look for smaller designs. Printed carpet With the advancements of digital technology, there are fewer restrictions on carpet design with the capability to now print more intricate designs. Printed carpets are as the name suggests, the carpet design is printed onto the surface of the carpet. With the ability to reproduce designs at over 1 million pixels per sqm manufacturers can now achieve great clarity as well as the richness of colour and texture that was not previously available. Felted carpet Felted carpet is where the wool fibres have been washed and agitated resulting in the individual fibres shrinking, this is known as felting. As a result of the felting process carpets that use felted yarn are tight and therefore less likely to fray or shed. Tufted carpet Majority of the carpets you see in stores today has been made using the tufted method. The tufting process is similar to that of a regular sewing machine. Whereby the primary backing is passed through the machine, containing hundreds of individual needles carrying the wool yarn. The needles insert the yarn into the carpet backing and withdraw to create a small hook that holds the yarn in place. A synthetic latex adhesive is then applied as well as a secondary backing fabric to stabilize the carpet and give it the final form. Woven carpet This is the traditional method to make carpet with the process dating back over 200 years. Woven carpet can often be referred to as Axminster or Wilton. These are the types of weaving looms. Compared to tufting, woven carpet manufacturing is slower and more labour intensive. Consequently, woven carpet tends to be more expensive than tufted carpet, but with unlimited designs and 200 years of performance, woven carpet is still very popular. References: https://www.carpetinstitute.com.au/residential/types-of-carpet/
Custom Rugs
Your home is an extension of your unique sense of style. Whether your style is contemporary, eclectic, modern or traditional, a custom sisal rug will suit. Sisal rugs have a beautifully textured feel and are an excellent choice for almost any room in your home. Creating the perfect sisal rug is as easy as 1,2,3. Select the style, border and custom size […]
Blog, Custom Rugs
Let your imagination run wild with our custom handmade rugs! Have you been searching for that perfect coloured wool rug, but haven’t been able to find it? Look no further! Introducing the Olbia Collection. Every rug from this collection is handcrafted using techniques developed over the 50-year period in which Tisca has been making traditional handwoven rugs. The Olbia Collection […]
News
On Saturday 15th May 2021 the Cross Carpets team was lucky enough to attend the sold-out “Everything is Possible” Gala Dinner held at The Star Gold Coast. The event raised a record $200,000+ for the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation (PCSRF) which will go towards their Intensive Rehabilitation Trial. This is the next critical step […]
Case Study
As everyone knows, our lives are always busy, and time is one of our biggest enemies. There are never enough hours in the day. The lawns need mowing. The dishes need doing. The floor needs vacuuming. It’s never-ending and there are always more household duties to be done. Whether you’re working full time, looking after a newborn, or busy in life in general, a robot vacuum is the perfect solution […]
News, Carpet
We are thrilled to announce the completion of the Walker Farm Project. This exciting collaboration took place in the Byron Bay Hinterland of New South Wales less than an hour south of the Gold Coast. Back in August 2020 when we jumped on board with The Designory, Sanctuary 28, and Marc & Co to produce […]
Blog, Carpet Tiles, Flooring
Did you know that the average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime that’s equivalent to one -third of your life! Therefore, your time at work can have a massive impact on your overall life. Which makes it important to create a comfortable and enjoyable atmosphere for your customers and employees. No matter […]
Blog, Flooring
Polyflor is set to launch a new floor cleaner onto the market for hard and soft surfaces on the 15th February 2021. Introducing Pureflor, a proudly Australian made product, specifically designed to be the most effective floor cleaning product available. These products contain only natural ingredients in a concentrated formulation, the Polyflor range is pH […]
Blog, Carpet
Are you new to the world of flooring and don’t quite understand all the technical terminology? Not to worry, we have compiled a comprehensive list, you’ll be a pro before you know it! Axminster a traditional method of manufacturing carpet. Axminster carpet is when each tuft of yarn is woven and locked into place by […]
Blog, Flooring, Vinyl Planks
There is no question we all spend a large portion of our lives indoors, so it’s essential to consider the materials used in our homes and their impact on the environment as well as our health. Thankfully research and technology are continually evolving, which allows manufactures to create new products accordingly. Whether you’re building or […]
Blog, Carpet
With your brand new carpet now installed, it’s important you know how to clean and maintain your carpet for the future. Looking after your carpet is vital! When you remove the dirt that leads to stains, you’re preserving the carpet’s original texture and increasing its lifespan. Considering the average Australian spends 83% of their life […]
Blog, Carpet
As the saying goes, ‘out of sight, out of mind’, well this is the case for majority of people. Underlay is the most underestimated feature when purchasing new carpet. The importance of carpet underlay is vital! The time and money you spend on choosing a good quality underlay won’t be wasted. A good quality underlay […]
Blog, Carpet, Custom Carpet
Are you looking for something a little more unique? Custom carpet is your answer. At Cross Carpets we offer custom wall to wall carpet in a variety of colours and designs to suit every Australian home. We work together with you to create a unique carpet that truly compliments your space and everyday living. All our […]
News, Carpet
We’re thrilled to announce one of our suppliers, Cavalier Bremworth revealed last Friday they will be transitioning into an all wool and natural fibre company and as a stockist of their carpet we couldn’t be more excited. “Cavalier has always believed that wool is the best fibre for carpet and it is considered a global […]
Blog, Carpet
As winter approaches there is nothing worse than waking up from a restful night’s sleep, only to find your feet on a cold floor. We need to start to thinking about warming our homes, a simple and easy way to do this, is to add carpet. Wool carpet is a great option as it instantly transforms […]
Blog, Carpet
When considering carpet, you can’t go past wool. At Cross Carpets we have seen for ourselves just how durable wool carpet truly is. It stands the test of time like no other carpet fibre. Wool has been used to manufacture carpet for thousands of years, the oldest wool carpet was found in Siberia, dating back […]
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