Are you wondering how you should choose your Berber carpet for your home? Or maybe you are wondering what a Berber carpet is and if it would suit your home? Keep reading to find out what our best tips are.
What is Berber carpet?
Berber carpet is not a new invention. In fact, it has been around for a while. It was initially handmade by a tribe known as the Berber Tribe located in North Africa. There are still Berber carpets made by hand in some regions of Africa. However, they will not be the same as the Berber carpets you may find at your local carpet store.
Berber carpets were popularized during the 80s in North America, and they have been a popular choice for homes ever since then. Homeowners can choose from many different types of carpet today, and there are plenty of options to choose from when picking the style, colour and quantity of your Berber carpet.
Berber carpet styles
- Simple loop Berber
- Multi-colour Berber
- Patterned loop Berber
- Cut and loop Berber
- Patterned and loop Berber
- Cut pile Berber or the California Berber
Looped Berber style or non-looped Berber style carpet?
Certain styles of Berber carpets will feature random loops. This is known as a looped Berber carpet. If the loops have a pattern, they are called patterned loops. Berber carpets can be harder to install than plush carpets, and there is typically an additional charge for carpenters to install a Berber carpet in your home.
Berber carpets are thick, heavy and more challenging to cut and seam. You should be prepared for it to cost one to three dollars extra per square foot on a Berber carpet installation. There could also be an additional fee for installing Berber carpet on stairs.
Certain Berber carpets are constructed using random or patterned loops and cut loops, and these are named cut and loop Berber carpets. Berber carpets typically need denser padding, and in many situations, the padding density will be 8 pounds, and the maximum padding thickness is a quarter-inch to three-eighths of an inch.
Your carpet manufacturer will require you to keep your warranty, and you should always become familiar with your new carpet’s warranty before you even buy it to make sure you are getting the right product for your carpet padding. If you are ever unsure, then you should get into contact with your carpet manufacturer right away.
If your Berber-style carpet features a pattern that repeats, then this is known as the patterned cut and loop, and these are usually the more costly styles of Berber carpet. However, they are well worth the cost because they look beautiful and can give any room a more elegant appearance.
If you go for a Berber carpet with a pattern on it and rooms wider than twelve feet, you might need to be sure that you are ordering enough extra carpet so your carpenter can see the edges correctly and have the pattern flow seamlessly.