How to determine carpet quality

One of the questions we hear most frequently in our carpet store in Norcross, GA, is how to be sure of getting a quality rug that will last a long time. The first thing we always tell them is not to think of it in terms of face weight only because many factors go into determining carpet quality, including your own needs. We offer some tips here, but, as always, feel free to contact us if you have additional questions and concerns.

Make sure it’s in line with your own needs

You’ve most likely already seen a carpet installation that you like in someone else's home. Remember, however, that needs and style are highly individual, and what works in one location may not necessarily work for you. In addition, it depends on your family size, whether you have kids or pets, specific needs (i.e., allergies or asthma), and even the room in which it's to be installed. With this in mind, you could need extra durability and stain resistance or a pet-friendly, hypoallergenic or sustainable version.

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Learn the other factors that determine the quality

Density refers to how closely together the yarns are tufted, and the higher the density, the less chance of matting. Density numbers are on the label; the ideal is 3,000 or higher, but you can check this yourself. Pull back a sample card, and if you see a lot of white space, we advise you to ask the flooring professional about it. Twist, meaning how many times a strand is wound per inch, is another good indicator. Twist numbers, which range from one to six and sometimes even higher, are also on the label. As the numbers increase, so does the durability, with less chance of unraveling or fraying. Please note: This is used only for rugs of longer threads.

When comparing, make sure the carpets can be reasonably and accurately analyzed

Keep in mind that there are different levels and qualities in most types, so always compare grade-to-grade. For instance, if you compare a lower quality rug with a higher quality of another kind, the results will be imprecise. As the saying goes, apples to apples and oranges to oranges.

A carpet adds elegance, softness, and texture to a room and also comes with countless benefits. At JA Worldwide Design, we carry all grades for residential and commercial applications, and our professionals will be happy to tell you more and give you a free quote. Our showroom is in Norcross, GA, serving areas around Norcross, GA, Chamblee, GA, Duluth, GA, Dunwoody, GA, Atlanta, GA and Brookhaven, GA.