Berber carpet used to be primarily for commercial spaces and basements. However, with different materials, colors, and types of looping now available, this sturdy carpet is popular for all areas of your San Antonio home. Our team at Floor Coverings International of Northwest San Antonio has gathered the facts about Berber carpet to help you decide if it’s the right option for your space.
Traditional Berber Carpets
This type of carpet originated with the Berber people of North Africa and featured different looping techniques, motifs, colors, and patterns. While women wove carpets for the family, some men, known as masterweavers, wove specialized carpets for elite society.
Each tribe that wove the carpets had their own style and patterns. Often, the carpets told stories. Tribes also used different weaving techniques, which showed in the finished design. The carpets were typically made of wool and camel hair. Some carpets may have had specks of color while others, especially those that told a story, used bold colors.
These original designs found their way into modern carpets, and Berber carpets have been used in the home ever since.
Berber carpets have always been known for their durability and are often used in schools and other commercial settings. Berber carpet is great for high traffic areas because of the design of the looped weave. The pile tends to look new over time because it resists crushing under heavy foot traffic.
Now, with the various colors and materials available, you can choose a thin or thick pile with soft material in just the right color to finish off your San Antonio home.
Berber carpets are stain resistant and easy to clean. A dry cleaning or low-moisture process is preferred for Berber. If you use a steam cleaner, you run the risk of pH burns from the high alkaline detergents, and these chemical burns can show up as yellow or brown splotches.
Burn issues are less of a concern with nylon and other synthetic materials. Typically, Berber carpets need only to be cleaned once or twice a year, depending on how high the traffic is. Professional cleaning will also prevent permanent wear patterns.
When choosing the type of carpet for your San Antonio home, keep in mind the location of the carpet and the number of people, children, and pets that will be walking or playing on the carpet. Knowing the needs and habits of your family will ensure you find a carpet that stands the test of time.
If you are ready to find the perfect carpet for your San Antonio home, reach out to our team at Floor Coverings International of Northwest San Antonio. We’ll help you review the options and find a carpet your family will love.
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