Floor Coverings International of Arch City is your local St. Louis flooring expert on Berber carpet. This durable carpet option has been around for years, and it has remained popular throughout its history. We are proud to offer a wide range of Berber carpet colors and styles to the St. Louis, MO area.

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Background

Today, the term “Berber” is often used loosely in the carpet industry. The name actually refers to a specific kind of weave that involves affixing both sides of each fiber to the carpet’s back, creating a tight loop. This style of carpet weaving originated in North Africa, where it was used to make rugs, cloaks and carpet. Traditionally, Berber carpet was made of wool. This is still the best material available, but today you can also find Berber carpets made from synthetic materials like olefin, polyester and nylon.

Advantages

The primary advantage of Berber carpet is its durable construction. The tight loops resist fraying and don’t easily show marks from foot traffic or furniture. This also makes the carpet more stain-resistant, making it a favorite for high traffic areas. Berber carpet also offers a lot more traction than many carpets, so people often use it on staircases.

Disadvantages

Traditional Berber carpet that’s made from wool can be quite expensive relative to other carpets, so if you’re not looking to make a large investment it may not be the right option for you.  Another common complaint we hear about Berber carpet is that the tight loops can sometimes make it difficult to clean well with a vacuum. Berber may not be the best option for a household with pets either. If you have pets with long claws, the loops could get caught on them and unravel.

Varieties

The main choice you’ll have with Berber carpet is color. Most Berber carpets are in neutral tones like white, cream and olive. Another classic Berber style has a flecked design. This features a neutral base color with flecks of darker hues. We love this option for high traffic areas because even if a small stain occurs, the flecks will help to mask it.

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At Floor Coverings International of Arch City, we work with top manufacturers in St. Louis to ensure you get the best possible deal on your Berber Carpet. Call today to schedule your free in-home consultation. We’re happy to answer all of your flooring questions about Berber carpet.

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