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Carpet solutions for every budget

There are many carpet types available, each with it’s own unique properties.  Whether you need a luxurious carpet to create a warm and welcoming appearance to a hotel or a public building, or you need a school classroom re-carpeted but need a long term, economical solution we have you covered.  We can provide you with hundreds of different options giving you the ability to create the perfect design to your building, room or area.

Do you need to make an impression to your prospective clients so you are chosen as their preferred setting for business meetings and conferences?  Are you running a hotel where a luxurious feel will improve your online ratings so people recommend you to their friends creating repeat business?  Do you manage a school or college where you need to make the movement of pupils quieter to stop disruption to classes taking place improving pupil concentration and school performance ratings?

Using the right carpet type can achieve these requirements all of which we can supply and install.  We have a more information these different types of carpets available  If you have a question, please contact us.

Choices in carpet

Over the last 100 years carpets have come a long way from the traditional woven carpets. We are using more colours, designs, materials than ever before to create a wide variety of options for the end user. There are several techniques used to manufacture carpet, the most common of which is tufted construction. Carpet can come in a multitude of widths generally being 4 or 5 meters wide with a roll length of about 30 meters this does vary between manufacturers.

There is a multitude of construction techniques which create very different types of carpets.  So lets explain how they are different from each other and what benefits you receive from each.

Fibre bonded construction

Fibre bonded carpet has a couple of unique properties. It will not ravel or fray, meaning it provides a durable, low-maintenance flooring solution. Fibre bonded it far more  durable than woven carpets and can be cut and shaped to create attractive carpet designs. Complemented by the wide range of colours and finishes to fibre bonded gives you a huge choice in what you can design, It also has sound deadening qualities too.

The fibres are generally polypropylene a synthetic material and is compressed into a flat sheet or ribbed design.  Whether flat or ribbed fibre bonded construction it can be either one solid colour or flecked pattern.  Fibre bonded carpet has no backing which means if this type of carpet were to be loose laid (not stuck to the floor) it would loose it’s shape and become twisted and distorted, these carpets must be stuck down to stop that from happening.

Fibre bonded is generally made at 2 meters wide and sometimes 4 meters, but generally the 2 meter width will be used for economy as it is more difficult to manufacture 4 meters wide.  Fibre bonded carpet is classed as a budget material, however it is hard wearing, long lasting and easily maintained, an ideal option for schools, colleges, universities libraries, corridors and halls.

Grey flotex carpet in office board room
Heckmondwike carpet with orange panelling
Stylish flotex designer carpet in blue

Tufted construction

Tufted carpets are a very popular choice currently as the manufacturing process makes this a great value choice. It’s made by a row of needles punching the pile yarn into a backing cloth. This type of carpet is springy, and comes in a great variety of finishes and colours.  Tufted carpets are very popular as tufted carpet technology is fairly new in terms of the history of carpet manufacturing methods, but its speed compared to the traditional methods, means that for many it is a more suitable carpet for the home. A pre-woven backing gets yarns tufted into it. Needles push the yarn through the backing and which is then held in place with underlying “loopers”.

Tufted carpet take on a number of forms, but the most popular are either twist pile, velvet, or loop pile:

A cut pile made from twisted fibres, and is the most commonly-used style of tufted carpet. The twisted fibres have a coarse finish that creates a textured surface to the carpet. Twist carpet comes in two styles, either plain or heathered (slightly mottled). Heathered carpet is perfect for busier areas in your home as marks are less likely to show. It’s a hard wearing carpet, and suitable for most areas in your home, including halls, stairs, landings and main room.
Softer and smoother than a cut pile. It’s magnificent throughout the home, or a luxury for the bedroom. A velvet carpet will look great in all rooms, but particularly in formal rooms and bedrooms as it creates an effect that looks rich and indulgent. Patterned carpet is hardwearing and traditionally woven, so is good at retaining its appearance. It will usually have a smooth velvet finish. A stripe design looks great in hallways and on stairs.
Made from uncut loops of yarn, this type of carpet is great for busy rooms as the weave bounces back really easily. We don’t recommend loop pile carpet though if you have pets, as the loops can get pulled by their claws.
Brintons woven tartan carpet in living room

Woven construction

Traditional carpet known as woven is produced on a large loom quite similar to clothing and curtains. The pile can be either plush or berber, difference between these two is Berber carpet is a loop pile, a plush carpet is the same but the top of the loops is sheared off to create a smooth top pile . While these are the traditional designs new styles are emerging on to the market which combine the two styles and are called cut and loop carpets.

These piles are constructed using wool or wool & nylon mix which the looms turn in to elaborate patterns. Wool has been used in the making of carpets worldwide for hundreds of years, and there’s a good reason why.

It’s properties include excellent appearance retention so wool carpets spring back into shape, good resistance to soiling, low flammability and wool is easy to clean too. Wool is resistant to cold water based stains and has a low lustre appearance, which means the colours are always deep and rich. For added strength and durability and to reduce shedding, wool is often blended with a synthetic fibre like poly-amide or polyester, you may often find a blend of 80% wool and 20% man made fibres, resulting in a luxury carpet fit for any home.

These carpets are usually the most expensive due to the relatively slow speed of the looms and the manufacturing process. These types of carpet are fitted in prestigious buildings like hotels, casinos, restaurants etc.

In an Axminster gripper weave, cut tufts of yarn are inserted at the point of weaving by means of grippers.

For each tuft to be inserted along the width of the axminster carpet, there is a corresponding metal gripper which rises from the bed of the loom to grip the appropriate coloured end of yarn from the vertical yarn carrier. A knife blade slices the tuft to the correct length, the gripper then returns to the bed of the loom and places the tuft in the appropriate position, the weft shots of the backing yarns then bind it into place.

A beater bar pushes each row of tufts and weft shots tightly against one another to form the carpet. The “beatup” (rows) can vary from as low as 5 to 14 rows per inch, or even higher if required. Different coloured ends of yarn (according to design) can be selected from the yarn carrier, which is raised or lowered by means of a jacquard (punched card) mechanism. Many different colours can be used in this weaving method. More modern looms have electronic jacquards which enable them to produce very complicated designs with almost infinite pattern repeats.

A traditional Wilton weave carpet is one in which the pile threads run continuously into the carpet and are raised above the surface of the integral backing by means of wires or hooks.

Wilton carpets are often cut or loop products and different yarn types can be used to produce different surface textures. Wilton weaving is not as versatile as Axminster for the production of patterned carpets, due to continuous yarns that create waste yarn on the back of the carpet.

Brintons Wilton carpets are woven on looms designed and built by our own engineers in our own factory. They differ from traditional Wilton looms as they have no “dead” or wasted yarns in the back. These advanced design looms weave two carpets as a sandwich, know as “face-to-face”, which is then sliced into separate rolls. As with traditionally woven Wilton carpet, Brintons face to face looms produce a durable woven product, which is hard wearing and dimensionally stable. The carpet does not suffer from de-lamination or stability weakness often associated with tufted carpets.