Mainstream fiber choices haven’t changed much over the past twenty years! Wool still reigns at the top of the list, since for the last thousand years or so, it has thrived as a successful (though perhaps a bit more expensive) carpet fiber. The latest generations of nylon and polyester are solid choices as well. In upcoming entries, each of the fibers will be highlighted in it’s own post.
Wool, with it’s distinctive beauty, charm, and gracious wear characteristics, is still king o’ the hill for the “I Want!” lists. While nylon “uglies out” as it ages, wool looks good year after year. In fact, with basic maintenance, wool carpets perform superbly for 20 years or more. Wool may occasionally wear out – literally, yet still look great. We’ve seen beautiful 30-year-old wool carpets – with only one or two threadbare spots where there was high traffic.
Nylon has been a wonderful second choice for 50 years. Today’s nylon carpets are attractive, stain resistant, and high-performing at a great value. With standard maintenance, and installed over a quality pad, nylon carpet will perform well for 10 – 20 years.
Polyester, once known for poor performance, has made a significant comeback and now accounts for up to one-fourth of residential carpet sales. Its draw is price. Insure performance by asking for yarn with multiple plies and multiple twists.