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Fiber: The Basic Component of Carpet

Tufted carpet accounts for the bulk of carpet on today's market. It consists of yarn inserted into a primary backing that creates a pile or three dimensional textile. A secondary backing is applied with an adhesive to strengthen and stabilize the carpet.

  • Density: how tightly carpet fiber or yarn is packed together and bound into the carpet backing.
  • Face weight: the number of ounces of fiber in a square yard of carpet; applies to the pile yarn.
  • Pile height: the height of the cut pile yarns or uncut loops when measured from the primary backing.

All three terms are associated with the quality of carpet. High density and high face weight mean more yarn covers the primary backing. The result is increased durability and appearance retention. While longer pile may look luxurious, it crushes more easily.