Berber carpet is a popular and often misunderstood flooring option. The confusion comes primarily from the name “Berber,” which is not a brand, but a style of carpet construction. Here at Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake, we offer a wide range of Berber carpet options for our customers. This durable flooring material could be the perfect thing for your White Bear Lake area home or business.
The Origins of Berber Carpeting
The name Berber refers to the North African tribe that originally created today’s durable looped Berber carpet design. The Berber people create carpets by affixing both ends of individual wool fibers or camel hairs to a secure backing. The loops are much more durable than single thread fibers affixed at only one end. To this day, the Berber people use this method to create blankets, rugs, and cloaks. The modern carpet industry has adopted this method to create the popular Berber carpets you find in stores and online.
A Low-Profile Look
Berber carpets are most commonly found in neutral hues, and may have darker flecks or some other slight color variation. However, you can also find Berber carpeting in many other bright and bold colors (and even some patterns) to suit your style and needs. Because of Berber’s low pile design, it blends easily into a variety of spaces.
Pros & Cons of Berber
The unique looped design of Berber carpets offers a range of great benefits. The first is durability. Looped fibers resist fraying and crushing even in high traffic areas. The tight loops also help to stop water or other liquids from being absorbed deep into your carpet. This helps to resist stains and other types of moisture damage. Lastly, Berber carpets offer a lot more traction than plush carpets. Consequently, people often install Berber on staircases.
If you have pets with strong claws, you might want to think about avoiding Berber carpet. If the tight loops of a Berber carpet are snagged and begin to unravel, repairs can be difficult. In most cases, this won’t be a concern, and the durability of Berber will ensure it lasts for years.
Do you think Berber is right for your home or business? Contact us today at Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake! We offer free in-home consultations and estimates to the greater White Bear Lake, St. Paul and Minneapolis area.
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