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What is Carpet Grading?

There was a time when you could purchase a brand new wall to wall carpet for your living room and it would last you thirty years, but with so many different fabric options and combinations available it is simply not possible.


Today, you have to put a lot of thought and consideration into your carpet purchases, so before choosing you should learn about the quality differences and make an informed choice. The cost of a carpet is influenced by several factors, including the fiber used, its quality, the construction and its overall design, explaining why you might pay more for bespoke carpets.


Well all is not lost, because whether you’re just settling into a new home or you’re looking to improve on an existing room, this complete guide can provide you with the information you’ll need to make your home look truly unique.


So what is carpet grading?

Put simply, carpet grading is the basis for which carpets are measured in terms of their durability in relation to traffic usage. For instance, a carpet in your living room will face more footfall than your bedroom, but less so than a hall or stairway.


How does carpet grading affect different types of carpet?

Certain types of carpet are designed for a particular level of use, so as a result manufacturers have started to identify their products by using a grade. These grades differentiate between companies, so a grade three may not be comparable in terms of quality with a similar graded carpet.


The only applicable means of rating carpets in terms of wear is through traffic levels, for instance “high,” “medium,” or “low” usage. Carpets located in different areas of your home will naturally experience differing levels of traffic, which subsequently results in them experiencing varying amounts of wear.


Each carpet we stock is tested to the limits to ensure that you are getting the best value for money. They are graded as follows:


1. Very heavy traffic

This type of carpet should be used in areas of the home which receive the highest amounts of traffic, for instance halls or stairways. As one of the most hardwearing of carpets, this should stand firm when dealing with muddy boots or animal presence.


2. Heavy traffic

Combining comfort with durability, this type of carpet is ideally placed in areas such as living rooms, dining rooms or, to a certain extent, halls. Using richer tones can help conceal high levels of footfall and help maintain the overall look of the carpet for a long time to come.


3. Medium traffic

This type of carpet is ideal in areas of your home which you would expect to receive less amounts of traffic. Areas such as bedrooms, offices or guestrooms where you would expect fewer people to venture would fall into this category, so using a lighter, more comfortable blend would work best.


Which carpet textures are available?

When people think a carpet is starting to get ‘worn,’ they are generally thinking of the matting which causes it to lose its structure. With that in mind, it’s important to consider choosing certain carpet textures in anticipation of high traffic areas.



A cut pile with a smooth finish. This type of carpet has a velvety look and tends to be quite formal, with them often being used in a living room setting. Because of this, it means they experience quite high levels of traffic so they are durable enough to maintain their overall shape.



Similar to Plush, this texture has a smooth, even finish. However, the fibers used are taller and have a twist in them which tends to show footprints and other markings such as vacuum tracks on the carpet. This is actually the most common type of carpet and is found in many living rooms across the country.



Pronounced “free-zay,” this texture is packed full with extra twists to give the carpet a rough, curly feel to it. This material expertly hides footprints or other such indentations and are suitable for higher traffic areas such as hallways or landings.



Made using lower density fibers with an uneven cut, this helps provide a more casual feel for the carpet. Blending two-toned materials together is a useful component which helps hide dirt or stains, but be advised that this carpet is not as well suited for high traffic areas as some other choices.



This tightly-packed, short-looped fibre is ideal for usage in high traffic areas of the home such as living and dining rooms. Its unique design makes it very durable, while its informal appearance and sculptured texture makes it an even more popular reason for using it in these areas of the home.


Cut & Loop

This fibre essentially combines cut pile blends with uncut loops to create unique textures and patterns. Also known as ‘sculptured texture’, this type of carpet is excellent at hiding dirt and is well suited for high traffic areas of the home such as stairwells and such.


Multi-level Loop

This style of carpet has all the same components as Cut & Loop, but with even greater numbers. Two or three loops are used to give this carpet an even greater texture and helps create specific pattern effects.


We have a fantastic selection of bespoke carpets here at A Cut Above, so no matter which part of the home you’re looking to change, you can be sure to find a carpet that will suit your specific needs.

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