Carpet 411: All About Tufted Carpet

tufted carpet | carpet expert Glenn Revere

As I mentioned in my recent post on woven carpet, which only accounts for 2% of the carpets sold today, the majority of the carpets being purchased for residential homes is called tufted carpet.

Tufted carpet is manufactured using a giant sewing machine with as many as 1,200 needles. The spacing of the needles is one factor in determining the quality of the carpet, since the closer the needles, the tighter the yarn spacing stitched into the carpet backing and the heavier the fabric. But, this is just one factor.

These tufting machines are computer programmed and have the ability to create a variety of patterns. You’ll often see some carpets with looped yarns, whereas some have the loops cut, creating two tufts per yarn. And, some have a mixture of loops and cuts, creating different textures. Or, for example, a shag carpet simply uses longer yarns. There’s a lot manufacturers can do when programming these machines to yield a multitude of results.

Because of all the variables, like stitch rate, gauge, pile height, and yarn quality, there are quite a few things to consider when assessing the quality of a tufted carpet. Before selecting one to install in your home, it’s a good subject to better educate yourself on, so you can make a more informed decision.

To take a deeper dive into the world of tufted carpet and more, I invite you to reference my book, All About Carpets: Everything You Need to Know.


Who is Glenn Revere?

Glenn Revere has been a carpet expert since 1973. He’s a certified flooring inspector and the author of All About Carpets, the only book written to protect and inform you about your carpet choices, from carpet buying and carpet warranties to carpet care and maintenance. You can find him on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.


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