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What Makes Carpet Soft?

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While hard surface floors have many advantages, carpet will always be an option that people love putting in their homes. Carpet is a soft flooring choice, which can make a room feel warmer and more inviting. When shopping for carpet, there can be many options and avenues to explore. Not every carpet is created equally. If you are looking for a soft and comfortable option, there are several things you should know.

Understanding Carpet Fibers

Nowadays, there are many styles of carpets. The technology in carpet engineering has dramatically improved over the last couple of years. Carpet is created through textile filaments bundled together to create a fiber. These fibers are then constructed together to create your carpet. Intricate and fine fibers can create a softer carpet, whereas more bulky fibers can lead to less soft carpet. You can find these fibers in most commercial carpets and carpet tiles. If you are looking for a soft carpet, try to find a carpet with fine fibers. You should also consider softer materials like wool or nylon if a soft carpet is your primary concern; however, polyester has greatly improved and can be soft as well.

Is Too Soft Bad?

Softer does not necessarily mean weaker. For a long time in the industry, the softer the fibers, the less resilient the fibers were. Resilience is the fibers’ ability to bounce back to their regular position after being crushed by foot traffic or furniture. Finding a soft carpet with good resilience is essential.

The Right Padding

If you have ever had a rug in the garage or basement, you know that carpet on concrete does not feel very soothing. Nothing is as important as carpet padding when it comes to creating your soft surface. Some homebuyers will skimp out on upgrading their carpet pad when purchasing flooring. If you are looking for the softest, most comfortable surface, you need to invest in good padding. Heavy 8oz padding is excellent for your carpet to feel great even when you lay or sit on it.

Carpet is a great option for adding comfort to your home. Ask your Century Tile sales representative for more insight on soft carpet fibers, and remember to get quality padding to help with the softness and longevity of your flooring.

Austin Ave. Location News

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in About Us, Carpet, Century Tile News

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!  We are so excited to introduce our newest and most recently improved store.

Our Austin Ave. location is back in action.  It’s brand new and remodeled as a carpet only store.  Stop in for your new carpet because we have a huge selection to choose from and are specifically catered to talk about your carpet options.  The address, contact information, and store hours are given below:


3001 N. Austin Ave.
Chicago, IL 60634
Phone: (773) 863-3700
Fax: (773)237-8257

Store Hours:
M-F. 10:00-7:00
Sat. 9:00-6:00
Sun. 11:00-5:00

We can’t wait to see you there! For directions or product information please visit our website here.


Choosing the Right Carpet

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Carpet

Soothing Escape Berber, Winter Grove Textured Plush and Green Slate Cut and Loop. These are just a few carpets that are featured in Century Tile’s product catalog. If you are thinking about replacing your carpet or adding carpet to your home be sure to check the website to begin your search for your perfect floor covering.

But before you buy any carpet please be sure that you are choosing the best type for your situation. Here is a quick guide to help you easily find the type of carpet you should install.


If your style is casual, Textured carpet is your best bet. This is a very popular cut pile carpet that has alternating twists of yarn creating a two-tone appearance. Textured carpet does a great job of hiding footprints and vacuum marks. They are ideal for today’s active families and are available in a broad range of prices.

For high traffic areas area, a frieze carpet may be the way to go. This cut pile style has a very high twist level, meaning each strand of yarn is twisted so tightly that they actually curl over at the end. This creates a textured surface with a knobby appearance, and a carpet of high durability. These carpets are great performers in high-traffic areas and can go anywhere in your home. They also hide footprints and are available in various pile heights.

If you have lots of activity in your home or area that you are re-carpeting, choose a Looped carpet. This style of carpet is often referred to as a Berber. Berbers are really big bulky yarns. Looped carpets are very durable and are ideal for casual, active family rooms. they come in solid colors, Berber fleck and patterns. This carpet hides traffic patterns well but be advised that this style may make seams more apparent. Still, this is a great all-purpose carpet.

If you need a carpet that is patterned try a Cut & Loop. Cut & Loop is a combination of cut and looped yarns that create pattern effects by the variation in surface textures. Like looped styles, these carpets are low profile and thus perform well, however, sometimes their seams are visible. This style can be used in casual and traditional rooms and are available in many patterns including fun geometrics and formal botanicals. Their distinctive carved appearance and multiple colors do a good job of hiding stains and standing up to traffic.


For a more formal, beautiful feeling you may want to choose a Saxony carpet. This style has a smooth, soft, velvet plush look. Each yarn has a uniform twist and finish, making this carpet the perfect solution for a master bedroom, dining room or a formal living room. This style is not a good choice for high traffic areas or rooms with active kids as it shows footprints and vacuum marks.

Another carpet that looks beautiful but is not suited for high traffic areas is Cable. Cable style carpet is constructed of thicker and typically longer yarn. The style is very comfortable underfoot and is beautiful in a bedroom or living room. Keep in mind that this style is better suited for rooms without a lot of activity as it can matte and crush with heavy foot traffic.

So there you have it, all the types of carpet to choose from depending on your lifestyle. Once you have decided on which kind of carpet to use please visit us for more information and make sure to check out our product catalog.