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Dear Valued Customer,
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Blend The combination of two or more fibres used in the pile of the carpet.
Bonded Carpet Bonded carpets are made face-to-face just like a sandwich the filling is the pile that is held between two specially treaded woven backings. When the pile is sliced down the middle two bonded carpets are produced. It’s almost a plain velvet pile.
Borders Some Axminster carpets have a border option where the manufacturer produces a complimentary border, normally 27 inches in width, which is seamed around the perimeter of the broad loom piece, to form a decorative border. A large room is necessary for this to be effected.
Coir Matting A natural product that is made from the fibre that forms the outer covering of coconut shells, hence it is also known as coconut matting. A heavy duty material ideally suited for entrance matting and available in either natural or coloured options.
Cord Carpet (Needlepunch) Fine gauge loop pile tufted carpet.
Cushioned Vinyl Vinyl floor covering that has an extra layer of aerated foam beneath the wear layer, giving added comfort and luxury.
Cut and Loop Pile A carpet of varying tuft heights created by areas of both cut and loop pile producing a ‘sculptured’ effect.
Doorplates (Naplocks or Door Bars) Metal plates that enable all types of floor coverings to be joined at doorways giving a perfect finish and preventing carpet edges from fraying. Available in a variety of finishes, including aluminium and brass.
Double Sided Tape Adhesive tape that is used for fitting felt backed carpets. Vinyl floor coverings use a specially formulated tape that does not cause marking.
Gauge This is the space between the needles of a tufting machine. The smaller the space; the denser the pile. Depending on the gauge required, a 4 metre wide machine might have between 500 and 2,500 needles. Most Twist Pile Carpets are produced in a 1/8 gauge, but a number are made in denser 1/10 gauge which gives a product less prone to flattening.
Gripper/Smooth Edge Laminated strips of wood through which pins are driven, enabling carpet to be secured around the perimeter of your room without the use of tacks. Prolongs the life of your carpets, prevents your carpet from rucking and gives a neat finish. Find our more about Gripper here.
Heat Setting A process for stabilizing the shape of carpet yarns by exposure to high temperature.
H/S/L The common abbreviation of Hall, Stairs and Landing.
Nylon The original name for polyamide, the most commonly used and most hardwearing fibre used in the manufacture of carpets.
This carpet is ideal for many home situations; offering superbly detailed printed patterns and colour effects that cannot be achieved except by more expensive manufacturing methods.
Pile The wear surface of a carpet consisting of the fibre/yarn.
Pile Construction An appearance given to a carpet surface by the arrangement of the tufts (i.e. cut pile or loop pile or mixed).
Pile Density This is the measure of the compactness of the pile, normally expressed in tufts per square metre.
Pile Height The height of the tufts located above the backing, normally expressed in millimetres.
Pile Reversal A visual effect that is caused by the reflection of light from some areas of a cut pile carpet of which the pile direction has been disturbed or altered.
Pile Weight The weight of the fibre used to make the pile. This is normally expressed in grammes per square metre (gsm).
Plastic Protector (Drugett) This material, made 27 inches wide, is used as an overlay to protect the carpet from exceptional abuse caused by inclement weather, dust and dirt. The Plastic Protector has small prongs on the underside to stop movement and is an ideal method for protecting carpets in halls and heavy tread areas.