There are a lot of different carpet styles to consider for your Clearwater home. If you’re a fan of the mid-century modern aesthetic, want something undeniably cozy underfoot, or are looking to add some texture to your home design, we recommend frieze carpet. Frieze is durable, comfortable, affordable, and is available in an endless variety of hues to match your existing décor. This modern twisted take on the shag carpet is cozy and thick, without looking like a living room from Mad Men. In order to get you acquainted with the benefits and quirks of frieze, the team here at Floor Coverings International Seminole has prepared this easy pro and con list. Take a look here!
Pro: High Snag Coverage
Some carpets, like berber, take on a distresses look once they’re snagged – and not in the trendy way. The extreme twist of frieze, however, takes well to snagging. The already shaggy look disguises snags, because they curl in on themselves to hide among the rest of the strands. If you have a home with pets or children who are inclined to play with toys on the carpet, frieze is a great choice because it stands up to the everyday wear and won’t show it.
Con: Difficult to Clean
Unfortunately, the long strands of frieze make it harder to clean than other styles. You’ll probably need to call in the pros to give it a good wash once every few years. On the plus side, it hides dirt so well that you really don’t need to do it frequently. If you spill liquid on the carpet, it’s important to clean it immediately to prevent it becoming completely absorbed into the fibers and carpet pad. The loose strands make it hard to isolate spills, so always be sure to dab the liquid rather than scrubbing it farther into the carpet.
Pro: Invisible Seams
Some carpets show seams very clearly, because they don’t have a thick pile to disguise where edge meets edge. Frieze, however, melds together very nicely. If you have a room larger than the width of the carpet, this style may be just the thing for a flawless look.
Con: Not Great for Formal Homes
The casual shag of frieze makes it ill-suited to very elegant homes. Reserve it for houses with kids and pets, where the overall look is more akin to a rumpus room than to a museum. If you do use it in a more formal home, confine it to basements or dens or in smaller doses such as a custom area rug.
Pro: Excellent for Stairs
The same seam-hiding effect makes frieze an excellent choice for stairs. Your carpet pro can cut around posts and wrap around stair nosing (the part that slightly overhangs each tread) without showing the roughly cut edges.
Now that you have a better understanding of frieze, you can make a decision about whether or not its the carpet for you. Still not sure? Not a problem. Just give us a call and we will schedule a free in-home design consultation for you to view a variety of samples in different fiber types and colors available. Our mobile showroom can bring hundreds of different carpet styles to ensure you’re choosing the best carpet for your home. Call us today to get started!
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