Types of Carpet: Twist Pile

Types of Carpet: Twist Pile

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Practical, firm, and family-friendly, a cut pile twist carpet is a good all-rounder and popular with everyone. It works hard – but it plays hard, too!

What is a twist pile carpet?

Twist carpets are extremely durable and able to cope with the day-to-day demands of a busy family home, making them a popular choice for high traffic areas like living rooms, hallways, and stairs. Think of your favourite pair of jeans. They’re comfortable, can be dressed up or down, and they go with everything. You’ve had them for ages, yet they still look fabulous. Twist carpets are the jeans of the carpet world! Just like your old reliable jeans, they offer excellent performance (especially when paired with a quality underlay) as well as great value for money.

How is a twist pile carpet made?

Made by tightly twisting the yarn during the manufacturing process (hence the name), the short, dense pile of a twist carpet gives a firm ‘barefoot’ feeling. The fibres are coarser for a more relaxed look, while the tufted ends add softness. The densely packed fibres mean there’s less chance of flattening, so you won’t be able to see any vacuum lines.

What's the difference between a twist pile carpet and a loop pile carpet?

Twist pile carpets share similar features with loop pile carpets (also referred to as Berber) in that they both have a short pile, but where twist carpets have their loops cut to make them softer and create a more uniformed look, the tightly woven loops of yarn in loop carpets are left uncut to create a more textured feel.

What's the difference between a twist pile carpet and saxony carpet?

You may be asking yourself the question: twist or saxony carpet? What’s the difference between the two? Well, here’s the scoop: the fibres of twist pile carpets are much more densely packed than those of a saxony carpet, so twist pile carpets won’t leave footprints or vacuum patterns, whereas saxony carpets are much softer and often have a deeper pile, which will create that ‘just vacuumed’ look.
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What’s the best thing about a twist carpet?

The best thing about a twist pile carpet is that it’s so easy to clean and maintain, it’ll stay looking as good as new for years – just vacuum it twice a week and you’ll see the result. Our extensive twist pile carpet collection combines style and practicality and comes in a variety of colours and finishes to suit any scheme and budget. Choose a solid colour for a simple neutral look or go for a textured heathered finish (also known as mottled) to hide the evidence of fast-paced family life! Our range of twist carpets in store includes synthetic and natural materials, giving you excellent choice and flexibility.
Twist carpet pros and cons
You really won’t go wrong with a Twist pile carpet, it’s one of the best carpet choices for all tastes, styles and budgets. Here are a few pros and cons to help you make that all important decision.

The benefits of twist pile carpets

  • Pile bounces back so doesn’t easily show footprints or vacuum patterns
  • There’s a twist pile carpet for all budgets so it’s really cost effective
  • Very durable in high traffic areas such as living rooms, hallways and stairs


Potential downsides

  • High twist levels are more desirable and can be more expensive
  • Does not have the same softness as cut pile carpets like saxony
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How much does twist pile carpet cost?

Twist pile carpet prices vary depending on the material they are made from, so once you’ve decided on the look and feel you are after, there are plenty of colours and styles to suit every budget and room style. Our cheapest twist pile carpets start from £7.99 per m2 and with fitting £5.50 per m2, it costs from £150 to carpet a small 3x4 metre room (not including underlay, door bars, and grippers). You can discover our collection online, before heading to your nearest Tapi store to get a quote; or alternatively, if you’d like to compare different types of carpets, you can find out about saxony, velvet carpets, and more.
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Published: 01-03-2022

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