Carpets offer many benefits within commercial interiors including sound absorption, underfoot comfort and thermal insulation. The amount of colours, textures and patterns also gives specifiers plenty of options. Carpet fibre selection is important, as it determines the core of the carpet’s aesthetics and performance attributes. Regardless of the manufacturing and backing technology, the fibre is still the most important factor in determining aesthetics, long-term performance and ease of care and maintenance. The fibres available for manufacturers to blend fall into two distinct categories – natural and manmade fibres. Within the contract carpet industry the three main fibres used are: Wool, Nylon and Polypropylene. These fibres are then manufactured in the following formats: Wilton, Axminster, Fibre Bonded, Tufted and Flocked.

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