Frieze carpeting

Many homeowners in the Hendersonville area want carpeting that is attractive, durable, and easy to care for. It can be hard to get all of these characteristics in one carpet, but at Floor Coverings International Western NC we often recommend frieze as a strong candidate to meet these requirements.

What Exactly is Frieze?

Frieze (pronounced “free-zay”) is a type of cut pile carpeting. This means that the loops that are formed when the carpet fibers are woven into the backing material are cut, leaving individual strands to extend out from the backing. As opposed to many cut pile carpets that may have strands that are only twisted 3-5 times per inch, frieze can have 7-9 twists per inch or more. This gives frieze its classic shaggy look, due to the fact that the strands bend in random ways. You may even think of frieze as a sort of modern “shag” carpeting, although frieze tends to have thinner strands than classic shag.

Frieze’s Strengths

  • Hides Tracks: Perhaps the most popular characteristic of frieze is that it doesn’t show footprints and other marks like other carpet styles will. If you’ve ever seen the vacuum tracks on a freshly cleaned carpet, you know what you can avoid if you go with frieze.
  • Hides Dust/Dirt: The long, twisted strands of frieze are also good at hiding small particles that might accumulate between vacuuming sessions. Ultimately, this means you can vacuum less and still have a great looking floor.
  • Versatile Styling: Frieze is sometimes considered a bit more on the casual side, and it can certainly be used to create a more relaxed environment. However, many homeowners incorporate frieze into a modern chic aesthetic. Frieze works well for many different looks, so it will likely go well with your décor.
  • Soft/Warm: Frieze’s longer pile creates a very comfy surface that will provide great warmth and a very cozy feel. It helps make any room an inviting space, and may even convince you to spend more time on the floor.
  • Durable: Frieze is also a very durable carpeting. Since you don’t have to worry as much about its resiliency (its strands’ ability to recover from crushing), frieze will hold up well to foot traffic and should continue looking great for years to come.

Frieze’s Weakness

  • Cleaning: The only real drawback of frieze is that it can be a bit more difficult to clean than some other varieties of carpeting. This is due to frieze’s pile height. We suggest not using your beater brush when you vacuum. This should help you a bit. And if you should miss a bit of dust or dirt, it won’t really show, as we said.

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