Carpets offer warmth and insulation that is incomparable to other flooring materials, but how do you choose the best carpet option for your needs? You will have to assess different factors like the pile type and the materials. At Floor Coverings International of Charleston, SC we’re here to give you some details into carpet materials so you can make an informed decision. If you need more help or want to see samples in your home, don’t hesitate to call us!


One of the most popular carpet materials, nylon is extremely durable and is a good all-rounder fiber. It is stain resistant and cleans easily, so you can be sure that it will wear well over time. Nylon carpets can come in cut or loop pile options and come in a variety of designs and patterns. One reason for this is because nylon naturally dyes easily and evenly. Nylon also has good yarn memory, which makes it ideal for busy areas since it will not be prone to crushing. The yarn will retain its shape even after heavy furniture has been placed on top of it. The main downsize to nylon is that it is a synthetic materials which means it isn’t as environmentally friendly as other options.

Polypropylene (Olefin)

This is a very moisture-resistant carpet material, but it is not as durable in comparison to materials like nylon. It is often used in indoor/outdoor carpeting because of its moisture and stain resistance. Olefin carpets are usually found in loop carpet formats because the material is prone to crushing and matting. Loop carpets can help to combat against this, but you will need to look for options that have a higher loop density.


Wool is one of the most popular natural carpet fibers. In addition to being a natural product which makes it a good carpet option for those with respiratory concerns, it is a very resilient fiber which makes it good for areas with a lot of foot traffic. These products, with proper care, have been known to have lifetimes up to 25 years.  However, wool carpets can be difficult to clean and are often more costly than other carpet options.

Sisal & Other Natural Fibers

Sisal, jute, and seagrass are other natural fiber carpet options. Jute and seagrass are more often found as rug materials, while sisal carpeting is the most common of the three that is used in wall-to-wall carpeting. All three of these options help to give a natural feeling to a room and have pros and cons.

Sisal and seagrass are the most durable of the options and are recommended in high traffic areas, but don’t expect to find these carpets with a lot of color as they are difficult to dye. While sisal gives a texture to floors, it can feel rough to the touch compared to a plush carpet especially after prolonged periods of time. For this reason it is not recommended with pets or children. If you’re looking for a feel similar to wool, opt for jute. Jute will have more color and pattern options than sisal or seagrass as well.

We hope you’ve found this guide helpful, if you need more guidance, be sure to contact us! We’re here to help.