How do I choose the right carpet style for my home? Should I choose the same one throughout the entire house? How are they different?

These are just some of the questions we hear at the Flooring Outlet by Carpet One showroom and we’re going to break it all down for you. Feel free to contact us if you have more questions.

Understanding the types of pile


Pile refers to the fabric loops. High is tall and loose, like shag or frieze. Low is any cut and loop, or a Berber style. Low piles are more durable and easy to clean.

This is important to understand because every room or area has different challenges and priorities. Just be sure the rugs coordinate with the rest of the decor.

Breaking down the styles

●Saxony. This is what most people think of when they consider carpet flooring, but that doesn't mean every rug is a Saxony. There are two types: Straight Saxony is plush and velvety. Textured Saxony means the fibers are twisted to create textures and patterns.

Straight Saxony shows footprints, while textured Saxony is sometimes referred to as Trackless because it does not.

●Looped pile. This just means the fibers have been left in their looped form, resulting in a firm, low, tightly woven style like the Berber. This surface is good for stairs and any heavily trafficked area.

●Berber. Known for its flecks of color and short, tight loops, this is often seen in living or family rooms.

●Frieze: This has high, curly fibers that go well in most casual atmospheres.
●Cut and loop. Exactly as it sounds, some fibers are cut, others looped.

The shag carpet, also called the "sheepdog rug"


You may remember this from its iconic gold, brown, and green colors in the 1970s and 1980s: but the color palette has expanded. Today, there's everything from multi-tones to red, black, purple, and more.

This rug is fun and unique, but also difficult to clean (hence, the phrase “sheepdog rug.)

For more information about carpet and our other products, visit the Flooring Outlet by Carpet One showroom in Jessup, MD, serving Jessup, Laurel, Columbia, Catonsville, and Ellicott City. We provide free estimates.