Buying the Right Carpet for You
All you need to know to choose the perfect carpet
Carpet is the predominant floor-covering choice in New Zealand with (literally) hundreds of options of different combinations of fibres, textures and colours. It can be confusing trying to choose!
Studio Carpet is a small collection of carefully selected carpet types and textures, with colours and styles chosen to suit New Zealand homes. This guide outlines the differences between each type of carpet fibre, the benefits and drawbacks of different textures and a quick guide to colour.
In the Studio range we have four different fibres: solution dyed nylon, wool, PET and polyester.
Solution Dyed Nylon
Solution Dyed Nylon (SDN) is now the biggest selling type of carpet fibre in New Zealand and forms the majority of our range. It is exceptionally durable, fade and stain resistant and easy to clean. It also has excellent long term appearance retention.
SDN in the Studio range is available in different weights:
34oz Inspiring – ideal for the budget conscious renovator, as well as for rentals and holiday homes
36oz Rochford – cut pile plush so it is very soft underfoot, ideal for any space in the home
42oz Cityscape – a good mid-weight carpet recommended for lounges, hallways and rumpus rooms
48oz Entwine – something to sink your toes into, Entwine is a heavy-weight carpet, ideal for lounges and hallways, it’s also great for softness underfoot in bedrooms
60oz Network – luxury-weight carpet, Network can be used throughout the home
Our Inspiring, Cityscape, Entwine and Network ranges share some of the same colours, so you can mix and match different weights throughout your home. This is particularly useful if you’re working to a budget, so you can have heavier weights in the lounge and bedrooms, and lighter weights in rumpus rooms or lesser used bedrooms, all in the same colour. Be aware that it’s hard to match shades between different weights exactly, so you’re best not to plan to put the different weights side by side, especially in well lit areas. Rooms separated by different floor-coverings, or upstairs / downstairs are the most ideal situations, or be prepared for a slightly different colour toning.
PET is a type of polyester carpet fibre, manufactured from 100% recycled plastic drink bottles. It provides a surprisingly luxurious underfoot feel and is stain and fade resistant. Less expensive than SDN, it is usually available in heavier weights to reduce flattening issues that can occur with ultra-soft carpets. We have one range:
Cosmo – 60oz luxury weight, ideal for all areas of the home
Polypropylene has been around for a little while in the New Zealand market, mostly sold as a cheaper alternative to the other fibre types. New technology has improved the construction and feel markedly, so carpets are now coming in a cut pile style with long wear properties, as well as stain and fade resistance. We have one range:
Glenmore – 80oz luxury weight, ideal for all areas of the home. Glenmore also has a two-tone fleck in some colours which reduces the appearance of footprinting you can get with longer pile carpets.
In the Studio Carpet range we have three types of textures: cut pile hard-twist, cut pile plush and loop pile.
Cut pile hard-twist
Cut pile hard-twist is the most common type of carpet texture available in New Zealand. It is hard-wearing, easy to care for and minimises the appearance of tracking on the floor, although the heavier weight the carpet is, the more susceptible it is to tracking.
Tracking is where the main walkways flatten leaving a noticeably different coloured ‘track’ through the room. Similarly, foot prints can also show up. This isn’t permanent – the fibres stand up and the tracks disappear when you vacuum. You’ll see this in the installed photos on our luxury-weight Network and Cosmo range pages – in our photos we try to show the ‘lived-in’ look, rather than a carefully groomed floor. Tracking will always show up to some extent (and more on darker carpets), but if you don’t like the look we’d recommend selecting a mid to heavy weight rather than a luxury weight carpet.
Cut Pile Hard-Twist in the Studio range:
Cut pile plush
Cut pile plush carpet texture is also referred to as velvet carpet. It is delightfully soft underfoot, but like velvet it is directional, so footprints will track on it in a similar way to the luxury weight hard-twist. In addition, plush carpets can develop permanent shading or ‘water-mark’ areas, where random sections of the carpet may lay in a different direction to the rest, giving the appearance of darker or lighter puddles. This is also referred to as permanent pile reversal and is an aesthetic concern only, not affecting the wearability of the carpet.
If footprints and the possibility of different colours across the carpet don’t concern you, then cut pile plush carpets are a wonderfully luxurious option. We have just one in our range: Rochford, and you can see examples of the foot-printing in the photos on the range page.
Loop pile carpets are a traditional look. They are very hard-wearing and retain their appearance extremely well. They don’t tend to show tracking across the carpet. Berber styles are excellent for hiding marks as they have flecks of colour running through them.
The final consideration in your carpet selection is colour. Perhaps the most difficult, and definitely the most subjective choice you’ll make! The floor colour has a big impact on how the rest of the room looks, so it’s important to spend some time making sure it’s the colour for you (there’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ colour though!)
You’ll need to consider the size of your room (or rooms if you’re doing the whole house in one colour) and the amount of light. Dark colours are currently very trendy, but if your home is relatively small and dark, a deep charcoal carpet, for example, may not give the best effect.
Consider also your lifestyle, family and pets. Very light colours will show marks and stains, and while dark colours will hide these, they will show more lint and dust.
Most flooring consultants are trained in aspects of interior design and can assist you – when you visit a Studio carpet dealer’s store take along swatches of the other main colours in your room – couch fabric, curtain fabric and wall paint. The different tints in these will influence whether you’re looking for a warm or cool tone, from there the choice is yours – mid-tone greys, beiges and dark whites are classic colours that remain popular. Always get a take-home sample and view it in your room (or rooms) in different lights.
Find your nearest Studio Carpet dealer.