frieze carpet or shagFrieze carpeting is a multi-level carpet with a high twist level. Some people call it shag referring to the carpet of the ’70’s. It has long strands like that of the original shag but the construction and durability defines it as a distinctly different carpet. Its long soft strands and stylish modern look has made it one of the most popular choices for homes.

The unique thing about frieze carpets is that the yarn bends and flexes so you are walking on the edges of the yarns. Unlike the plush, it doesn’t show wear and vacuum tracks, footprints and soil. As a result of this frieze carpet is very easy to maintain a has been an extremely popular choice for areas with high use such as play areas, hallways and family rooms. It also works well for stairways.

Frieze carpets can be comprised of a variety of fibers, including nylon and polyester. The majority of today’s frieze’s are broadloom so they are woven as continuous fibers, then cut at different heights in the weaving process making the frieze carpet exceptionally durable. For that reason, many of today’s frieze have up to 20 or more year wear warranties on them making them exceptional value for homeowners.

Some frieze carpets are available with variegated yard that adds texture and interest to the carpet pattern. Variegated carpets hide stain very well and are perfect for busy households and those with pets. Also variegated carpets combine well with solid surfaces such as hardwood as the variegated pattern blends with the grain in the wood. With so many choices in fibers, styles, colors and patterns, it’s smart to start your carpeting purchase with a free in-home estimate and design consultation from Floor Coverings International Wheaton & Naperville.


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