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What are My Options with Berber Carpet Colors?

Berber carpet is a very popular style of carpet, but you may be wondering what are my options when it comes to Berber carpet colors?  The typical Berber carpet that may come to mind is the off-white color with specks of a darker color such as tans, browns or gray.  This is very common as the color specks help to hide dirt as the carpet ages, and is quite versatile as you can match a variation of this style to almost any décor.  

Berber is More Than Neutral Colors

The multicolor specks in a neutral base tone is the most typical Berber carpet purchase, but this durable carpet can be much more than Neutral!  Mohawk is one of the leading carpet manufacturers using only high-quality fibers for high quality carpets, and offer dozens of color variations.  Within the Moonbeam color family of the Berber Ease style line, Mohawk offers color combinations with off-white, tan, gray and blue.  

Eye-catching Berber carpets will maintain their vibrant colors for many years.  With the proper care, your carpeting will stay beautiful and appealing whichever color you choose.

Berber Durability

Berber carpet is a loop pile type of carpet, with high density for maximum durability.  Berber is the carpet of choice for high-traffic areas, or rooms with a lot of activity from either children or pets.  With Mohawk’s stain resistant Berber carpet, you can rest assured that your purchase will last as long as you want it to, providing years of comfort and beautiful flooring.

For the carpet of your dreams, in the color that you most desire, contact a carpet and flooring professional such as Great Western Flooring.  

Great Western Flooring has been pleasing customers with high-quality carpet from the most trusted names in carpet manufacturers for over 35 years.  Serving the Chicago area, we are familiar with high end commercial installations, or residential home improvements.  For the most color options with any style, including Berber carpet, contact us today for a FREE cost estimate of your next carpet and flooring project.  

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Why Wool Berber Carpet for My Home?

chicago_carpet_05For a thousand years and more, the natural fiber of wool has been used to create handcrafted Berber carpets of unsurpassed beauty. It is a credit to the durability of this natural fiber that many of these carpets still exist.

These days, the manufacturing of wool Berber carpet has been automated to a tremendous degree, but it is still as aesthetically pleasing as ever and even more durable. Here are a few of the more pertinent facts to know about it:

It is still all natural – There are dozens of synthetic variations of carpet available. Still, wool carpeting is the choice of those homeowners who prefer an all-natural, hypo-allergenic, environmentally friendly and extremely comfortable fabric for covering their floors. In addition, wool carpeting repels moisture quite well thus making it both mold and mildew resistant.

It is incredibly durable – While wool is very soft underfoot, this comfort belies the fact that it is also extremely durable. After all, if you think about it, wool actually does a pretty good job of protecting sheep from the weather and other environmental factors. No wonder it lasts so long while protected within a home or office space. Wool also repels common dirt particles and is easy to clean – another reason for its durability.

It can be truly affordable – With the proper care, wool carpet will last for years – keeping its luxurious look even under the rigors of the heaviest foot traffic. If a homeowner considers the long term, this means less replacement costs and a better overall return on investment. In short, it pays to invest in wool carpeting for your home.

The best way to understand the benefits of wool Berber carpet is to experience it. For more information on it and to experience it first-hand, please contact us at Great Western Flooring. We can be found online at www.greatwesternflooring.com or reached directly at 630-357-3331.

A Quick Reference Guide to the Various Types of Carpet

Unknown-1-150x150When deciding upon the best wall-to-wall carpeting for your home, there are a number of materials to consider. Each has its benefits and disadvantages. Here is a quick rundown on the most common types and some suggestions for purchasing the best one for both your aesthetic tastes and your functional needs:

Wool Wool was one of the original floor carpets and is still widely used in homes today. Although a little pricey, it does afford an exceptional feel under your feet, cleans up well and is naturally fire-retardant. In addition, wool is an all natural material that is hypo-allergenic and environmentally friendly.

NylonSince nylon is one of the hardest of all synthetic fibers, it is exceptionally resilient and durable. In fact, a nylon carpet will usually last longer than one made from any other type of fiber – natural or synthetic – under similar circumstances. While nylon is easy to clean, unfortunately it also stains quite easily and should be chemically treated for stain resistance before installation.

OlefinMore technically known as polypropylene, this synthetic fiber is renowned for its colorfastness, stain resistance and affordability. It is extremely resistant to exposure to sunlight, water and harsh chemicals making it ideal for indoor/outdoor applications such as spas, pool houses and basements.

PolyesterThis fiber is certainly the most affordable from a short-term perspective and is quite comfortable to walk on. Unfortunately, these benefits are negated to some extent by the inability of polyester carpeting to withstand any significant amount of wear and tear. It is best used in low traffic areas such as extra bedrooms.

These are just four of the more generic terms for carpeting available to the 21st century homeowner. There are literally thousands of other carpet types. For more information on them and on choosing the right type of carpet for your home, please contact us at Great Western Flooring. We can be found online at www.greatwesternflooring.com or reached directly a t630-357-3331.



Where Berber Carpeting Works Best in a Home

chicago_carpet_05Since time immemorial, handwoven Berber carpets have graced the homes of the rich and famous. These days, however, the mass-produced versions of this durable carpet have become so affordable that they can be used in the most modest of homes. In fact, its versatility makes it an ideal choice for a wide variety of applications in a residential setting. Here are three of the more common spaces where it is especially useful:

In hallways – Manufactured from the most modern materials – nylon and olefin most common – and with its loop pile construction, the latest generation of Berber carpets can withstand an enormous amount of wear and tear. In addition, the finished carpet is coated in high-tech polymers that significantly withstand staining. For this reason, Berber carpet can be used in hallways, entryways and even mud rooms.

In the breakfast nook – As mentioned, the coatings on a Berber carpet are quite stain resistant but not actually stain proof. In fact, no manufacturer can guarantee the latter. Still, Berber carpets that are maintained properly and cleaned up promptly will withstand stains to a greater degree than ones manufactured from natural materials like wool. So, if you want to forego tile in your breakfast nook for a different look and warmer feel, try Berber carpet.

In the great room – This particular space in the home offers a multitude of challenges. It will be used extensively, food and drink will be spilled, and the carpet will still be expected to last a long time as well as provide a feeling of comfort for both the family and guests. No carpet other than Berber can be expected to perform well in this particular environment. Plush carpet will show the stains, shag will get tangled and cut loop will not hold up to the traffic.

For more specific information on the advantages of using Berber carpeting in your home or other flooring options, please contact us at Great Western Flooring. We can be found online at http://www.greatwesternflooring.com or reached directly at 630-357-3331.

The Ins and Outs of Berber Carpet Construction

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First created several thousand years ago, the first Berber carpets were handwoven affairs that took months or even years to complete. Over the ensuing millennia, the process has been streamlined to quite an impressive degree. Nowadays, the average Berber carpet can be completed in a matter of hours with a level of quality unknown in the ancient world. Here is how modern manufacturers do it:

The right materials – Traditional Berber carpets were woven exclusively from wool fibers while modern ones use a variety of other materials such as nylon and olefin. Nylon is easily the most comfortable underfoot as evidenced by its use in women’s stockings, but olefin is renowned for its overall strength and colorfastness as well as its resistance to abrasion, staining, mildew and fading. In short, nylon Berber is usually used in residential settings while olefin based ones are more commonly found in commercial settings.

An exacting manufacturing process – Modern Berber carpets are mass produced on industrial sized machines that churn out thousands of feet of carpet per hour. Nevertheless, they are more accurately constructed than anything ever produced by the most meticulous human hand. The finished, loop pile product not only mimics the look of traditional hand woven knotted carpets but also surpasses it in terms of durability and longevity.

Coatings that last – A final tiebreaker in favor of modern Berber carpets versus the traditional ones is the array of coatings that are typically applied to them. Most notably, synthetic carpets are covered in a stain resistant coating that does not allow mud, oils or food stains to seep into the interior of the carpet pile. Instead, the adulterants pool on the surface of the carpet where they are easily removed if dealt with in an expeditious manner.

For additional information on the pros and cons of the modern incarnation of wool Berber carpet in particular or on other flooring options in general, please contact us at Great Western Flooring. You’ll will find us online at www.greatwesternflooring.com or you can reach us directly at 630-357-3331.