January 3, 2022

How Carpet is Made

Knowing how carpet is made, manufactured and it's type for durability & use can help consumers purchase the right carpet for their project & interior vision.

Knowing how carpet is made, what carpet is most made of, and a little history of carpet flooring. One of the great ironies in life is demonstrated when someone goes to their professional, who has done all they can do for them by providing what was requested- only then realizing that this person doesn't like how their new carpet looks because it isn’t “the right color or texture." One way to alleviate these problems would be educating ourselves on what you are seeking or the vision you are trying to accomplish before making decisions about where/how much money should go into purchasing carpet flooring.

Carpet can be a confusing purchase for many consumers, but knowing how it's made and what to look out for will help you make an informed decision.
The most important thing is that the person installing your new flooring understands its construction in order not only install them correctly; they should also know about any issues with durability or installation.

How Is Carpet Made Step by Step

Carpet Tufting Machine

It all began in 1791 in Philadelphia when William Sprague started his woven carpet mill.  This was followed by the construction of additional mills in the New England area.  In 1839 the industry got a big boom when Erastus Bigelow invented the power loom for weaving carpets.  His innovation doubled carpet production in the first year, and by 1850 tripled it.

Today, new carpet is created predominantly from synthetic fibers.  The three predominant of these are nylon, polypropylene and polyester. One other noteworthy synthetic “fiber” is PET – Polyethylene terephthalate, which is made from recycled plastic bottles.  When it comes to natural fiber, wool is by far the most common and is the most expensive carpet fiber, and represents less than one percent of the U.S. carpet market..  A specific wool that is often alluded to is Berber, which is considered a type of carpet construction.  The name is actually derived from a group of North African sheepherders known as Berbers.

What Is Most Carpet Made of

Carpet “Construction” is Actually a Three-Step Process:

#1 Tufting – The synthetic fiber is woven into a primary backing material.
#2 Application of dye – There are actually two possible processes here:
–    Yarn or pre-dying:  Color is applied to the yarn prior to tufting.  One advantage is it gives good side-by-side color consistency
–    Carpet Dyeing:  Apply color after tufting.
#3 Manufacturing the Carpet – Finishing process where a latex coating is applied to primary and secondary backing; shearing removes loose ends and the final product is inspected before shipping.

“Obviously each fiber – synthetic or natural – has its advantages.  That’s why when you are considering carpet installation you need to take the time to accomplish your ‘due diligence’ before investing your money.

How Carpet Is Made and The Production

When shopping for carpet in Arizona, contact Brandi Carpet to learn more about the different manufacture production processes, available sales, and installation of carpet flooring for your project.

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