Berber Rugs

Berber Carpet Attributes and Styles
Carpets of the Berber style owe their popularity to the durability of their fabric, to their resemblance to carpets, and above all, to their economic advantage of low costs. Additional benefits include the Berber carpets’ ability to hide unattractive marks such as footprints, furniture marks, and vacuum marks. As opposed to other carpets such as plush, which tend to have loops that are cut and exposed (and therefore collect more dust and dirt), the Berber style carpet is woven in tight loops that stand upright. It is because of these tight loops that the Berber style is also known as a “high level loop”. Though this high level loop is an attribute of all Berber rugs, the color, style, and durability of Berber carpets are different depending on the manufacturer and the quality of the fabric.

Berber carpet styles differ in regards to their color, pattern, size, and quality (durability). In choosing a Berber carpet, it is important to note which loop cuts would be appropriate for a certain room décor. Since the loops can be cut in a number of ways, it is important to match the carpet pattern to the overall look of the room.

Berber Carpet Installation

Due to the subtle differences in antique carpet patterns and loops, it is important to approach Berber carpet installation with caution and good instruction. A good rule of thumb for installing carpets of the Berber style is ordering a larger carpet size than you intend to use in a given room. With extra carpet to work with, you can make up for any mistakes or miscalculations. If hiring a carpet installer is an option, it would be best if the person you are hiring are well versed in installing Berber carpets.

Cleaning A Berber Carpet

In the past, many carpet consumers have been wary of the Berber carpet style because it was once only made in beige, which obviously made it more difficult to clean. However, with the advent of carpet fibers that are stain resistant, it is now possible to order Berber carpets even in beige without fear that it will get dirty too quickly. However, even with stain resistant fibers, it is still important to clean your Berber carpet regularly if you want it to last. Part of the reason is that liquids that spill on the carpet tend to drain to the bottom base of the carpeting, thereby ruining the carpet from the downside up. Though stain resistant fibers will allow you to enjoy your handmade rugs for longer, you still have to clean it often if you want it to look clean and retain its color.

Carpet Fibers

There are many different carpet fibers one could choose from in the Berber style, and they vary in price. The most popular Berber carpet fiber has become Olefin (polypropylene) in recent years, due to the advent of stain resistant fibers that last longer. Expensive fibers include wool, nylon, and polyester, and less expensive ones include petro plastic and Olefin. Though stain resistant fibers can make Olefin a good choice, they do tend to degrade over time and to crush. If possible, then, it is good to consider the more expensive wool or nylon because they will not degrade as quickly and do not crush as easily.