Buying a Berber carpet - what they are, why they’re a great option, how to choose and tips for cleaning
Berber carpets are durable, affordable and are ideal for living rooms, hallways and even bedrooms. On this page we:
In this guide
- What is a Berber carpet?
- Is Berber carpet good?
- How do Berber carpets compare to other types?
- Berber carpets for different rooms
- Cleaning and maintaining Berber carpets
- Best Berber carpets
What is a Berber carpet?
The term Berber is used to describe two types of carpet:
- Modern, everyday Berbers that are normally brown or beige with lighter flecks of colour in them. These are looped to imitate the knot of traditional Berber carpets.
- Traditional Berbers that are often handmade and have bright colours or distinctive patterns.
Everyday Berber carpets, industrially manufactured and found in offices and homes
Traditional, handmade, colourful Berber carpets
Modern Berber carpets take their inspiration from the original weaved fabrics of the Berber tribes of North Africa. Most of the time when people talk about Berber carpets, they mean the plainer everyday carpets—it’s those we’re discussing on this page.
Is Berber carpet good?
Yes, Berber carpet is very popular-that's why you see it in lots of places. This is mostly because it's:
- very hard-wearing
- naturally stain-resistant
- available in a range of materials
- reasonably priced
- versatile, due to its neutral appearance
Berber carpets are very hard-wearing (but choose one with a low loop height)
All Berber carpets have a loop pile (different carpet piles are explained here). The lower the loops, the more durable the carpet, and indeed most modern Berbers are made with short loops.
Carpets with higher loops are more susceptible to matting and crushing over time. It's also easier for the loops to catch and snag. If you're choosing Berber for a room with heavy footfall, make sure the loops are nice and compact.
Almost all standard polypropylene Berber carpets are made with short loops.
Berber carpets are easy to clean and hide stains well
Because of the carpet's loop pile, any stains sit on the surface rather than absorbing into the fibres. This gives you time to catch spills before they soak in.
Also, the traditional flecked colour pattern of a Berber carpet means it hides stains very well.
Berber carpets come in different materials (but are commonly made of polypropylene)
Berber carpets tend to be made of either:
- polypropylene (olefin)
Most Berber carpets are made of polypropylene, as this material:
- is inexpensive to manufacture-meaning carpets can be priced more cheaply than the others
- is very durable
- can be cleaned with strong solutions like bleach
- generates little static-meaning no annoying electric shocks as you walk across it
While the pile can mat down more quickly than other materials, the low maintenance, low price and good durability of polypropylene make it the recommended option.
To find out more about polypropylene carpet including benefits, comparisons and cleaning options, visit our informative polypropylene guide.
- more expensive-expect to pay between £15 and £30 per square metre
- more costly to maintain
- luxurious and very soft
The main drawback of wool is the effort it takes to maintain it. For anything other than a quick vacuum, you'll need to hire a professional carpet cleaner who has been trained to clean wool carpet. Using a standard stain remover, for example, could cause serious damage to your carpet.
Wool is also the most expensive option.
Want to know more about wool carpets? Visit our wool carpets FAQs
- easy to clean
- very durable - will look fresh for years
- priced in the middle range
Its main advantage it lasts a really long time, normally longer than polypropylene. That makes it perfect for high-traffic areas such as hallways or stairs.
Read more about nylon carpets in our nylon carpet FAQs.
How do Berber carpets compare to other types?
Berber vs frieze carpet
- Frieze looks more "shaggy" and "loose", whereas looped Berber is tighter and more uniform.
- Frieze is a cut pile carpet-these tend to be a bit softer than looped carpet.
- A Berber carpet will fare better in high-traffic areas of the house.
- Both are excellent for the modern family home and do a great job at hiding footprints, dirt and marks caused by vacuuming.
- A frieze carpet is a tightly twisted, cut pile carpet.
Berber vs plush carpet
- Plush carpet is a formal, very soft and luxurious carpet and will only survive in low-traffic areas.
- Plush generally isn't a good choice for family homes with children.
- Plush shows footprints, dirt and vacuuming marks quite easily.
- Plush is fine for a room which is used infrequently, such as a spare room.
- For high-traffic areas, Berber is a much better choice.
Berber vs Saxony carpet
- Saxony is an incredibly soft carpet, but compared to Berber does not hide dirt or stains well.
- Saxony is not known for its durability and will need replacing more quickly if used consistently, unlike Berber which is made to last.
- Saxony is great for low-traffic areas where you want a bit of luxury, but you need to treat the carpet with care.
If you're considering Saxony, take a look at our Saxony carpet page, which profiles some great options by colour and price and takes you through the main advantages.
Read more about frieze, plush and Saxony carpets in our guide to carpet textures.
Berber carpets for different rooms
Regatta is a hard-wearing, stain-resistant Berber, making it a perfect choice for those areas with heavy footfall. It can also be cleaned with bleach.
Made from 100% polypropylene, Regatta is available in four natural stocked colours that will suit any decor.
Galaxy is hardwearing Berber with stain resistant qualities – making it perfect for areas with heavy foot traffic. The Galaxy is bleach cleanable for extra peace of mind.
This carpet is available in four natural colours that complement lots of different interior designs.
Gala is a short-loop Berber, known for being hard-wearing. Its short-loop design produces a tight pile that can withstand heavy footfall without affecting the appearance of the carpet over time.
It's made of 100% polypropylene and is bleach cleanable-perfect for messy kids or clumsy relatives!
Available in 13 distinct colours.
Showcasing a range of stylish two-tone colour options, the Aragon is for people that want to show off a bit of class. While luxurious, Aragon is hard-wearing and extremely durable, for hassle-free maintenance.
Another wonderfully stylish Berber. A classic Berber creation, the Arizona is available in four modern colours and has all the stain resistance and durability you need.
Como is an affordable, high-quality Berber that will add a stylish finish to practically any room in the home. Made from 100% polypropylene, Como is tried-and-tested for its durability and stain resistance.
With Berber carpets, people tend to favour neutral colours in dark or light shades. Grey is hugely popular, mainly because it's easy to incorporate into most rooms. Here are a few of our favourite Berber colours and designs:
Best grey Berber carpets
A stylish two-tone colour option, the Aragon offers beautiful luxury at a very affordable price. Comfortable underfoot yet hard-wearing, this carpet is made to last.
Cost: £5.99 m2
An affordable contemporary Berber loop carpet, ideal for the busy modern household. With its strong and sturdy pile, it's fully resistant to everyday wear and crushing and is simple to clean and maintain.
Cost: £5.97 m2
A plush 100% wool loop pile carpet, naturally resilient to heavy footfall. Providing luxury and superb comfort, this carpet is ideal for the family home due to its non-allergenic and environmentally-friendly qualities.
Cost: £19.99 m2
A reasonably priced, high-quality Berber designed to add a stylish finish to any home. Made from 100% polypropylene, Como is stain-resistant and extremely durable.Cost:
Best dark Berber carpets
A hard-wearing, felt-backed, 100% polypropylene Berber loop carpet, ideal for larger rooms.
Cost: £7.16 m2
A beautiful but hard-wearing natural loop Berber, Alpine can handle tough household spills due to its excellent stain resistance. Made of 100% polypropylene and with a felt backing, the carpet can be laid without underlay, making it perfect for those households wanting a robust but affordable option.
Cost: £5.97 m2
A durable, 100% polypropylene Berber carpet, ideal for larger rooms. Its felt backing means it can be fitted without the need for underlay.
Cost: £7.16 m2
An affordable and resilient Berber, perfect for those rooms with heavy footfall. Made of 100% polypropylene and bleach-cleanable, Gala is a must for households with children.
Cost: £12.55 m2
For polypropylene carpet, standard costs can start from as little as £3.99m2. Wool Berber carpets are more expensive. Expect to pay anywhere between £15 and £30.
At United Carpets & Beds, we frequently put our products on discounted sale, so keep an eye out! You can view our current sale items here.
Polypropylene is a low-cost material so most Berber carpets are good value for money. Berber also tends to be cheaper because the manufacturing process is less labour-intensive: when carpets are made they all start out as looped and are then cut as necessary.
Since Berber carpets have a looped style, the extra stage of cutting some or all of the loops isn't needed, reducing the overall cost of manufacturing.
For information on finance options and average prices of carpet by different sized houses, visit our guide: Carpet costs and finance options..
An affordable, hard-wearing Berber, and a perfect fit for practically any room in the home. Its stain resistance and guaranteed durability makes it ideal for families.
Cost: £4.99 m2
Galaxy Berber Loop CarpetMade from 100% polypropylene, Galaxy is bleach-cleanable for complete peace of mind. Available in four natural stocked colours that will suit any decor.
Cost: £5.97 m2
Turbo is a hardwearing Berber loop carpet in a range of earth colours. Offers a felt back for added protection, making it great for high traffic areas.
Cost: £14.32 m2
The Granada range is a hard-wearing, short loop Berber suitable for any room in the home. The tight pile is extremely durable and resistant to wear and crushing, so is ideal for high-traffic areas such as the hall, stairs and landing.
Cost: £7.99 m2
A luxurious wool carpet that offers natural resilience to heavy foot traffic due to the natural springiness of the its fibres.
Cost: £14.99 m2
A plush 100% wool loop pile carpet, made to protect against heavy footfall due to the natural springiness of its fibres, which make sure the carpet 'bounces back' and doesn't crush.
Cost: £19.99 m2
Cleaning and maintenance
Below are some useful tips for removing stains from your Berber carpet. For more information on how to clean and maintain your carpet, see our cleaning guide.
Try water first
The easiest way to remove a stain is to apply cold water to the area:
- Use a dry towel and dab the stain first.
- Dampen a clean white towel and gently work the towel into the stain.
- Blot the stain with a clean, dry cloth.
- Repeat the process until the stain is gone.
DO NOT RUB as this could rub the stain deeper into the carpet.
DO NOT SCRUB as this will damage the fibres and cause them to become fuzzy.
Before you begin, prepare the bleach solution. Cover your hands with gloves to protect them. Bleach can be dangerous when used incorrectly, so always follow the safety instructions on the packaging.
- Prepare the solution-one part thin domestic bleach/10 parts tap water-and pour it into a spray bottle.
- Spray the stain evenly and leave it for 60 minutes.
- Rinse with water and dab with a dry cloth.
Steam cleaning is more expensive than using a bleach solution, but if your carpet is dirty enough it's definitely worthwhile.
- Remove everything from the room you're cleaning. This includes furniture.
- Polish the skirting boards and any shelves.
- Vacuum the carpet thoroughly.
- Start up your steam cleaner and follow its instructions closely.
- Start in the corner furthest from the door, making sure you don't step on the steamed parts.
- Use long single strokes to keep the carpet fibres intact.
- Leave the room to dry properly before you put the furniture back.
Hire a professional
If your carpet is made of wool or very dirty, hire a professional cleaner. These professionals have been trained and are the safest bet when it comes to delicate carpets. Many of them offer their services at a reasonable price.
Best Berber carpets
Easiest to clean
Almost all Berber carpets are easy to clean-it's one of their many benefits. Here is our top easy-to-clean Berber carpet:
Gala is 100% bleach-cleanable, allowing you to remove the toughest stains like coffee, wine and even oil, ink and crayon. Perfect for family homes!
Cost: £25.10 m2
Berber carpets are fantastically strong. Here's our top durable Berber carpet:
Darwin is great as it offers stain resistance and easy cleaning, plus it's incredibly durable with its 100% polypropylene material.
With United Carpets & Beds, you can get this carpet with a five-year warranty. That's some serious durability.
Cost: £5.97 m2
Best for dog owners
A beautiful but hard-wearing carpet. It incorporates innovative stain defence technology which gets rid of tough stains-including animal accidents!-with ease.
Cost: £5.97 m2
Best for allergies
A natural and luxurious wool carpet that offers natural resilience to heavy traffic. Along with being naturally stain and flame-resistant, this 100% British wool range is also non-allergenic and environmentally-friendly.
Cost: £14.99 m2