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The Basics of Carpeting - What You Need to Know

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With an almost unlimited amount of styles and colors from which to choose, carpeting has long been one of the most popular flooring choices for bedrooms, living rooms, and other spaces in the home where a cozy touch is needed. Unique as the only wall-to-wall soft surface flooring solution, carpet has a variety of distinct features that hard surface solutions can’t offer. Read on to learn more about carpet from Bowling’s Carpet.

What types of carpet are available?

Carpet flooring | Bowling Carpet

All carpeting can be broadly sorted into one of three categories of pile. A carpet’s pile refers to the length and density of its fibers.

Cut pile carpet is the most popular type, featuring sheared fiber strands with exposed ends. It’s available in a variety of lengths and thicknesses, so you’ll have a range of options regardless of what you’re specifically looking for. The twist of individual strands in cut pile is key when making a decision – tighter, heavier twist will add texture and durability to your carpet to help it stand up to matting and crushing.

Loop pile, on the other hand, features un-sheared loops of fiber that not only add extra durability, but also create opportunities for pattern and texture. Tight, heavily twisted loops offer more resistance to matting and crushing. One potential issue to watch out for when choosing looped pile is pulled-out loops, which, when snagged, can cause damage to your carpet.

Cut & Loop pile is the third category, which combines the previous two types of carpet. Having both sheared and un-sheared fibers leads to patterned surfaces and artistic use of texture. No one type of carpet is better than the others – your choice will largely come down to personal design preference.

Carpet Styles

There are different carpet looks and styles to choose from, what’s your texture? Hover over the images to the right to find out more. 

  • Pattern | Bowling Carpet


    Pattern construction carpet is made with varying loop and cut heights for looks that range from bold and dramatic to simple and understated. This low-profile style handles traffic beautifully.

  • Texture | Bowling Carpet


    Texture construction carpet has long, crimped yarns for a casual look that works for any room. With higher pile for a super-soft feel, it's no wonder that texture is our most popular style.

  • Loop | Bowling Carpet


    Loop construction carpet has dense, looped strands and a low profile for a clean, low-maintenance look. This style is durable, reliable, and ideal for high-traffic areas.

  • Twist | Bowling Carpet

    Frieze (Twist)

    Frieze, or twist construction, carpet has high, twisted yarns for a longer crimped look and relaxed feel. Its long twists create dimension and visual interest as well as a bouncy, springy feel underfoot.

FAQs of Carpeting


A new carpet from Bowling’s Carpet is an attractive and great way to warm up and quiet down your home. It’s important to hire a professional installer to make sure your carpet looks the way you want and lasts as long as you expect it to.


To keep your carpet looking great and feeling soft, it’s recommended to spend some time regularly cleaning and maintaining it. The steps, however, are pretty simple and won’t take up that much of your time. Plus, the payoff off having a beautiful carpet for many years to come will be well worth the investment of time and effort.


Get inspired to use carpet in your own home! Check out our gallery of carpet styles and room scenes to find a design you can use to influence your own creative ideas.

Carpet Brands We Carry

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