Your guide to helping you choose the right carpet

At Glasswells we know quite a bit about carpet our experts are very experienced and can help make the perfect choice. There are a variety of carpet styles and surface texture options available, all of which affect the appearance, feel, and importantly, performance of your carpet.



Which room?

New carpets are an investment that you don’t make very often, so you’ll want to ensure that you’re making the right choice first-time. However, with such a broad range of carpets available in a range of colours, textures and materials, making a final decision can be a daunting prospect. Different rooms of your home will have different practical and stylistic requirements for a carpet. For example, you’ll often want bedroom carpets to feel soft and luxurious, whilst you’ll want a carpet for your bathroom to prioritise water-resistance. If you have small children or pets, you need to think about the different carpet 'piles' or the way the carpet is constructed, as well as durability and resistance to stains.

 What type?

Saxony carpets and semi-Saxony carpets are deep-pile designs. Thicker and richer than other styles, these carpets are ideal for bedrooms and lounges, but can be good for any room.
Twist carpets have a tufted look and are the most common and the most hardwearing. The fibres are tightly twisted and cut, creating a carpet that keeps bouncing back and is great for high-traffic areas.
Berber carpets have a lightly flecked colouring and a textured appearance. Excellent at hiding marks, pick Berber carpets for children’s bedrooms, dining rooms and lounges.
Loop carpets are made from yarn that’s looped. Small loops are incredibly durable and won’t flatten, while all loop piles give a carpet a texture, a feel, a look, and a design. A loop carpet can go in any room. If you have pets you may want to consider their claws could snag on the loops. 


Carpet types

When it comes to carpet fibres, wool has long been recognised as the best. It is soft and warm, resilient, naturally flame retardant and doesn’t ‘ugly out’, so looks better for longer. It is also an environmentally friendly and sustainable fibre and is biodegradable. Wool is often blended in an 80/20 or 50/50 mix with other ‘man made’ fibres to enhance performance. Synthetic fibres are certainly hard wearing and in the case of Polypropylene also have the added benefit of being ‘stainfree’ and easy to clean. Significant advances have been made in synthetic fibres to give a more silk-like appearance.

Plain or patterned?

Plain carpet is safe and will suit any room or decorating style. It also gives you greater flexibility with wallpaper and soft furnishings so can be easier to build schemes around. Using the same colour throughout does give a feeling of space and a continuous link to other rooms.

A patterned carpet can make a bold statement or add a sense of the traditional to your home. From classic motifs with ornate detailing, to on-trend contemporary styles, we have patterned carpet to suit your style.




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Underlay & Accessories


The importance of underlay

 You should put down new underlay when buying a new carpet. For instance, did you know that a good quality underlay prolongs the life of your carpet because it cushions the impact of foot traffic, as well as giving added comfort? Or that it helps to insulate the home? And even helps to reduce noise and sound? If you’ve had your previous underlay down for a number of years, it is time to replace it. Trust us, underlay is well worth the investment.


Carpet samples

If you need to check that your chosen carpet will compliment your decor, we can supply samples for you to take home. It is so important that you have made the right choice, and by having samples to hand you can make sure that your carpet coordinates perfectly with your interior styling.


Carpet swatches


Glasswells Carpets & Flooring

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