All You Need To Know About Carpet Flooring

Choosing the proper carpet may improve the overall appearance of a setting. An appropriate carpet can give your space a new look, whether it is traditional or modern in design.

What is a carpet?

A carpet is a floor-covering textile created to provide comfort, softness, and warmth on the floor. It can be made from a variety of synthetic or natural materials chosen for their distinctive qualities, such as stain resistance or sustainability. There are different carpet varieties, each one having a distinct appearance and texture. The key is choosing the type of carpet that is ideal for your needs, as a high-quality carpet may last for years.

Introduction of Carpets In the Indian Sub Continent

According to the history of Indian carpets, Babar was dissatisfied with India’s lack of luxury when he first arrived. In 1580 AD, Akbar established the carpet weaving tradition in Agra, India as he missed the luxuries of Persia, which included the Persian carpets. Akbar created centers for carpet weaving in Agra, Delhi, and Lahore, and assisted in the creation of Persian design carpets.

Bhadohi, Mirzapur, and Agra are the major carpet hubs in Uttar Pradesh. Agra was the first carpet center in Mughal India. Rajasthan is known for fine-quality hand-knotted premium wool fibre carpets. Kashmir is famous for hand-knotted silk carpets and rugs.

How is a carpet different from a rug in design?

We often use the word ‘carpet’ and ‘rug’ interchangeably. But there is a huge difference between the two. For example, a carpet is installed wall to wall, but a rug is smaller and mobile. This is the major distinction between the two. To further complicate matters, classic handwoven rugs are occasionally referred to as carpets!

Let’s discuss the differences between carpets and rugs in detail.

Carpets are floor coverings that are disproportionately big and typically include a second layer that increases their thickness and preserves their form. These additional layers may be a layer of robust fabric, such as canvas, or rubber-based materials that prevent slipping. Also, because of the second layer that adds to the bulk of this type of flooring, cleaning typically requires physical labour, which raises the expense of maintenance.

Technically speaking, rugs are weaved without a second layer. As a result, rugs have characteristics such as being unable to maintain their form and frequently requiring anti-slip mats.

Rugs are typically considered smaller and lighter than carpets. This kind of floor covering can be put into a big washing machine and is much easier to clean. Such floor covering typically costs significantly less to clean since it takes less maintenance.

Installing a carpet

Nothing works better for a luxurious feel under your feet than a wall-to-wall carpet. But for many, installing it might be a real nightmare. Here is a step-by-step tutorial to make the carpet installation procedure easier for you.

Firstly, measure the space in your home and get precise measurements of the room before ordering a new carpet. You’ll also need to purchase equipment and flooring materials including tack strips, adhesives, and edging. To ensure you have enough carpet to completely cover the floor, get 10 to 20 per cent more than you require. The majority advise installing first and allowing about a 1-inch space above the floor. Cut each strip of carpet to its final size before putting it in the space.

Leave a 6-inch margin so there is room to trim it afterwards. Use a synthetic fibre underlay if you’re laying carpet over concrete. Stretch the carpet over the tack strips more firmly by pushing down on the activation lever.

Where to use a carpet?

Are you unsure about where to put a carpet that not only gives a glimpse of luxury but also lasts the longest? Bedrooms and living rooms are the ideal spaces for carpeting. 

Putting carpet in the living room can make the room feel cozier and inviting, but it boils down to personal preference. Hardwood, stone, or ornamental tile might be a wonderful alternative to utilize before the carpeting begins in high-traffic areas that are always prone to filth. Your own choice and aesthetic will determine whether you choose hardwood, laminate, or tile. Knowing the traffic patterns and the rooms in which the corridors are connected is a solid rule of thumb for halls. Carpet may be desirable in bedrooms, particularly those upstairs. A tiny area might appear larger if the main level of the house has the same flooring. The durability of a high-quality carpet is much more than the budget-friendly ones made for apartments and will normally last one to five years.

The life span of a good quality carpet 

Inexpensive, the apartment-grade carpet will typically last anywhere from 1 to 5 years. The best of the best carpet on the market will last between 15 and 25 years on average. This has to do with the density and types of fibres that are used to make the carpet. A large selection of styles and brands to choose from can be overwhelming.

What factors affect the carpet’s longevity in your house?

This figure may be low if kids or dogs are living in the home where the carpet is located. Children and animals are both notorious for the stains they leave behind, and animals in particular may rip and tear up the carpet by digging their claws into it. Therefore, appropriate carpet care is even more important if you have kids or pets in your house.

Care and Maintenance

As previously mentioned, with regular carpet maintenance, many more years may be added to a typical carpet lifespan, and some homes can go up to 10 years with their current carpet before having to replace it. Low-traffic areas like a bathroom or closet should be cleaned every two to three days, while heavy-traffic areas like hallways or living rooms should be vacuumed every day to ensure the longest possible life for your carpets.

The lifespan of a carpet may be as short or as long as you choose, and if you take good care of it and maintain it clean, it can last a very long period.

You need to balance quality, comfort, and price when choosing the right kind of carpet for your house, whether it’s for the living room, bedroom, or family room. Think about the room you’re laying it in, the amount of foot traffic there will be, and the likelihood of exposure to stains (hello, pets, kids, and Saturday night wine spills), and then consider the mood you want to evoke in that space as well.