Benefits of Woven vs Tufted Carpet. Does Backing Really Matter?

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On the left of the above picture,  you see the front (pile) of this woven wool piece by Stanton. Now look at the back on the right. You can see how cleanly the fibers are locked in place for clear lines and excellent visuals.

All carpet consists of two major components – pile and backing – with some having secondary backings added for various reasons (cushion, etc…) Most retail customers never see woven carpet because the low- to middle-end residential market is dominated by tufted goods.

So why discuss woven carpet?

Woven carpet has many advantages, although it costs a bit more than your average tufted piece. Woven carpets offer architects, designers  and end-users distinct advantages over other pieces on the market in terms of aesthetics, performance and value. The Axminster looms used to make woven carpet offer unique flexibility in color and design.
Each piece of pile yarn is individually woven into place yielding complex and intricate designs created with pinpoint precision and high-definition. During the weaving process, yarn is woven around warps (vertical fibers) and locked in place with horizontal strands. The carpet is one piece instead of having an applied backing plus the pile and added latex that can break down over time and delaminate.

Another benefit is less material waste. Woven carpets made with 100% New Zealand wool can be some of the finest you’ll ever see. The added benefit of using less material with the same resultant feel can save dollars for your project.

Here is an example of a tufted piece showing the secondary backing, coated with latex. Over time, the latex can break down and the secondary backing can separate or “delaminate” and cause ripples and bubbles that cannot be stretched out.

If you’ve ever felt a swatch of woven carpet, you’ll have noticed how supple the whole piece feels, whereas a tufted piece would feel rigid unless it was left in the warm sun to soften.
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Woven carpets differ from tufted construction in terms of the weaving process. Axminster looms weave pile and backing materials together in one step, eliminating the problem of delamination from high foot traffic and rolling loads. This gets rid of the potential for bubbles, ripples, and potential premature product failure, that happens in heavy traffic areas with tufted carpet.

An added benefit of wool is absorption/ release of moisture during periods of high and low humidity assisting with stabilizing the thermal properties of the space.

We stock woven wools from Karastan, Stanton, Nourison and Kaleen and offer amazing pricing. Email Chris with any questions and to see what we currently have in stock.

Chris

Chris with Reina the wonderdog GSD
Chris Moline LEED AP, CAPS is our General Manager of Retail Sales

Accent Wall Installation In Our DC-Area Showroom – Hard Wax Oiled, Wire Brushed, High-Character Engineered Oak From Provenza

Some things are just plain fun. Choosing stunning material for an accent wall and seeing the project go from paper to reality is one of those fun things and it never gets old.

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This stunning accent wall is in our Beltsville, Maryland showroom entry. It’s a real attention-getter! Big thanks to the folks at Provenza for supplying the material – Studio Moderno, Cavalli.

The good folks from Provenza worked with us to select a unique engineered floor for an accent wall in our showroom entry area. The Studio Moderno line had everything we were looking for – wire-brushed, high-character, cracks, knots, lots of color variation from plank-to-plank, and a hardwax oil finish (that penetrates the woods pores instead of sitting on top) for the most natural look. Some would call this “barn wood” but it’s not reclaimed.

Here’s a closeup showing the plank variation and grain stunning grain.

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Look at that sexy grain! Wire brushing, combined with the hard wax oil finish = stunning.
Closeup of Provenza engineered Studio Moderno wire brushed oak wood flooring
Here is a closeup view showing the top layer and effect of wire brushing. It removes some of the softer grain and really adds to the look.

Here are some photos of the process:

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Staggering the joints is key. I wouldn’t have minded more short pieces, but you won’t hear me complain about this one.
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While using glue AND nails may seem like overkill, this location is just inside the main entrance and experiences wild temperature fluctuations. Better safe than sorry! Besides, we’re not planning on taking it down… ever!

We chose to use Mapei’s ECO373 fast-grab adhesive as well as nails to ensure a clean installation. Now that it’s finished, everyone who walks by comments on it.
What do you think?
Email Chris to let him know!

Chris with Reina the wonderdog GSD
Chris Moline LEED AP, CAPS is our General Manager of Retail Sales