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Whether you’re looking into buying new carpet or want to know more about the carpet in your home, carpet pile is an important thing to know a bit about. At Floor Coverings International in Chester County, we’ve put together a quick guide to help you learn all about the most popular options out there.

Loop Pile

Loop pile carpets feature fibers that are looped and attached on either side to the backing of the carpet. A classic loop pile has tufts of equal height that are very close together. Loop pile gives your carpet a more textured look and is also extremely durable. It’s a good option for high-traffic areas or spaces where kids and animals will be playing.

Cut Pile

True to its name, cut pile is a loop pile carpet where the fibers have been cut to stand straight up, all at the same height. This style is the most popular residential carpet available. It offers a springy feel underfoot and an even, polished look that’s great for the home.

Plush Pile

This style usually features longer fibers that are all the same height, or fibers that alternate in length to create a texture. In either option the longer fibers create a soft feel underfoot that shows footprints and indentations easily. This means they require a bit of extra care, but the comfort can definitely be worth it!

Multi-Color Twist Pile

With two differently colored fibers twisted together, this style of cut pile carpet is very forgiving to small stains and messes. This has made it a very popular choice for homeowners with children. Its versatile hue also makes it easy to match with furniture and décor.


Also called shag pile, this carpet style has short fibers that twist together and don’t stand upright like traditional cut pile carpets. Fibers are less close together, which helps to hide footprints and dirt as well. This makes frieze carpets another popular option for families with young kids.

Browse these styles and more carpet options at Chester County Floor Coverings International’s website. Schedule your free in-home consultation today!

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