How to Choose a Carpet that Works for You

Purchasing a carpet for your home may not be one of the biggest decisions you make for your home, but it is an important one. Carpets can easily turn a cold room into a warm and comfortable space, are relatively inexpensive, simple to install, and undemanding when it comes to maintenance.

When you look for a carpet, make sure to keep in mind the environment you want to create and what style works for that environment. Consider durability, appearance, and style.

1. Durability
The durability of a carpet is based on its thickness, the fibers it is made from, and the overall construction of the carpet. Take into consideration the density of the fiber strands. How long will the fibers stand up to foot traffic? This will help you understand the long-term softness of your carpet. There are many different fibers including: wool, nylon, polyester, and olefin. Not all are alike, so make sure to research to see if the quirks for each are right for your lifestyle.

2. Appearance
Do you have the walls painted in the room where you’d like to put a carpet? Do you know the furniture that will occupy the space? The furnishings and paint hues can do wonders when paired with the right carpet. Depending on the wall color, furnishings, and specific feel you are aiming for, choosing a light solid, patterned, or dark colored carpet can help maximize your space and even help to enlarge a room or to make it look less spacious.

3. Style
Carpets are created in several styles, including plush, berber, and shag. Your needs are the most important factor when choosing a style, and you need to think about where in your house this carpet will be and if it will see a lot of traffic. Plush carpets can be soft and pleasant for under bare feet, but depending whether you choose “plush textured” versus “plush Saxony” carpet, footprints or vacuums can leave marks and quickly wear down the softness of the fibers. Berber carpets are constructed through loops instead of standing straight up. These are very durable but not as soft as plush carpets. Shag carpets are extremely loose and modern looking. They require more attention than either of the former two styles because dirt and crumbs can get trapped within the loose fibers. These serve better in less popular areas in your home.

Hopefully these tips will help you choose the perfect carpet for your space, and give you insight into the important questions to consider before beginning your search.

Dover Rug & Home is a Nominee for Wicked Local’s Readers Choice Award!

The 2015 Wicked Local Readers Choice Awards Contest is open for votes and Dover Rug & Home is honored to be a nominee! Online voting is underway now through February 11.


The recipient of the 2014 Family Business Award, Dover Rug & Home has been designing, weaving and importing fine, hand-knotted rugs and carpeting from around the world for three generations. From its humble beginnings in a small showroom in Dover, MA to its new showrooms in Natick and Boston, MA, Dover Rug & Home offers the finest rugs, carpets and flooring options in New England. Additionally, the company provides repair and restoration services, cleaning, installation, free pick-up and delivery, a life-time trade-in guarantee on all hand-knotted rugs, and in-home rug trial with no obligation to purchase.


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