The general rule of thumb when it comes to carpets is that you get what you pay for

and offers the luxurious feel and subtle sheen of a silk carpet without the exorbitant price tag.


Polypropylene carpets are affordable, practical and soft to the touch, which makes them great all-rounders for any home. Easy to clean and maintain, polypropylene carpets resist staining effectively, are durable and offer excellent value for money. As they can be cleaned with diluted bleach they’re often the preferred choice for families or anyone looking for a low-maintenance carpet, and are a sensible choice for those on a budget or those that may be considering renting out their self-build. Polypropylene is less easy to dye than wool, which means it tends to come in earthy or subtle tones rather than vibrant shades. However, be aware that poor- quality options are prone to crushing, so pay close attention to manufacturers’ wear-performance ratings.

(where durability is defined as “having the ability to return to its original form or position after being bent, compressed or stretched”), which makes it an ideal choice for areas of heavy traffic such as hallways and living rooms. As well as offering superb stain resistance, nylon fibre is known for its fabulous feel, having a silken, velvet-like texture and a subtle shimmer that adds to its stylistic possibilities. Unlike other man-made carpets of old, nylon is crush- and fade-resistant, so if you opt for a vibrant hue (like wool, nylon holds dye well and comes in a wealth of colours) the appeal will be maintained for a long time to come. Unsurprisingly, given its many plus points, nylon


carpet tends to be second in price only to wool.


Another relative newcomer to the carpet world, bamboo is considered one of the world’s most sustainable resources thanks to its fast growth, 100 per cent biodegradability and the fact that no pesticides are needed in its production. As a carpet fibre it therefore makes a fantastic eco-friendly choice, but it also possesses antibacterial and humidity-regulating properties for a healthier home, and is toxin free. Although as a raw material bamboo is incredibly strong, when its pulp is turned into carpet form it’s astonishingly soft,

It’s important to remember that there is no such thing – yet – as the “perfect” carpet fibre, and manufacturers will often blend different fibres together to enhance carpet performance or to meet a certain price point. As with all purchases, the general rule of thumb when it comes to carpets is that you get what you pay for, and your budget may well be influenced by whether you’re developing your property for immediate sale, planning to rent it out or intend to live in yourself. Thankfully most manufacturers are generous in their supply of samples, so you can experiment with different looks and textures until you’re confident you’ve found the carpet that best suits your needs.

Gary Alp is residential sales manager (UK & Eire) at Lano

november/december 2017

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