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Types of Carpet: Velvet

Types of Carpet: Velvet

For unrivalled luxury, a smooth finish and decadent comfort underfoot, the only choice is a velvet carpet.

What is a velvet carpet?

The marriage of a saxony and a woven carpet, a velvet carpet combines traditional carpet-making methods with a more modern, short, dense, uniform cut pile. This clever combination results in a fine yet compact ‘barefoot’ feel. It’s the kind of carpet where you’re unsure if you should take your shoes off (you probably should, just to be polite). 

A few hundred years ago, velvet carpets were an investment for the family home. The skilled manufacturing process was reflected by the higher cost, and the perfectly plush finish conveyed an eye for impeccable taste and a fondness for the finer things in life. Generations of big feet and little feet would walk upon this velvet carpet, day in, day out, slowly wearing it down over the years until it reached a Miss Havisham-esque look of faded grandeur – a look which is favoured by some. Because of its short cut pile and fine yarns, velvet carpet is best suited to rooms with low footfall, like guest bedrooms or formal lounges. 

What is a velvet carpet made from?

Fun fact for you: velvet refers to the weave rather than the material, so velvet carpets can be woven from a whole range of fibres, both natural and man-made. Traditionally, velvet carpets were made using the finest grade sheep’s wool, but the modern varieties available today harness the properties from synthetic materials to increase longevity and make the carpet more affordable. They can be made from polyamide, polyester, Tencel, wool, or a wool/nylon blend. Westex’s Westend Velvet carpet range is made from 80% wool/20% nylon for improved durability and resilience, giving you a lovely soft, dense pile that can handle pretty much anything.

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