What is frieze carpet?
Frieze is a modern style of tightly twisted carpet with a unique curly or “tousled” appearance. The most common colors for this product are beiges, greys, and some greens and blues. The flooring can be uniformly colored, or have two colors of fibers twisted together for a barber shop pole type of effect. Frieze is most commonly seen with a speckled appearance. The construction method of the carpet gives it lots of texture. This product is available with different lengths of fibers. The longer fibers can resemble the look of a shorter shag carpet.
Quality and durability of frieze flooring
Carpet is made by twisting individual fibers together to form the thicker, stronger, yarn strands. Most carpets contain 3.5 to 5 twists per inch of strand length, while a frieze will contain 7-9 twists per inch. The fibers are twisted so they start to curl back on themselves. This curl is what gives frieze its unique appearance. It also gives this product durability. When you look at most other styles of carpet, you will see the individual strands standing straight up. That means the impact of the people, pets and furniture that are on it every day is all absorbed by the top of the strands. Over time this high traffic contributes to crushing, matting, and blooming. Because the strands in frieze curl back on themselves, the sides are more exposed. The side is the stronger part of the individual strand, since it provides more surface area to absorb the shock and friction of everyday activities.
Pros and cons of frieze
We have already talked about the durability of frieze carpet, which is obviously an advantage, especially for busy households. However, there are some other advantages too. The same dense construction that makes frieze durable also means it is more insulating than other carpets. If you are considering carpet to help cut down on noise in your home, and keep the floor a little warmer in the winter, frieze is a good choice. If your room is wider than the standard 12 foot or 15 foot rolls of carpet, a seam will be required to cover the entire room. You may see a line through the flooring where the pieces are joined. Frieze hides these seams well. Usually they will end up being completely invisible. This means frieze is good for areas that have stairs and railings since it will hide the necessary cuts and staples. Versions of this product with a speckled appearance tend to hide stains well too.
There are some disadvantages to frieze carpet. Because the fibers that make up the carpet are longer, spills tend to run. This problem can be remedied by making sure your flooring has good stain protection and is solution dyed. Solution dying refers to a process where the color is added in the manufacturing process of the fiber, not applied later. This process ensures the color goes through the entire fiber, which will help keep your carpet from staining.
Frieze flooring also requires a little special handling. You need to be careful about the vacuum used with this carpet. Avoid vacuuming with a machine that has a harsh rotating brush. Use a vacuum without a brush or one where you can turn the brush off.
Where to use frieze carpet
Frieze carpet is perfect for living rooms, and family rooms. Halls and stairs are also good areas. You can use frieze in any room that you would use other carpets, but it will hold up better than others in high traffic areas.
Cost of frieze flooring
Frieze carpet averages $2 to $4 per square foot. Consumers often use the term frieze to refer to trackless or textured carpet. You may need to specify a “true frieze” to find what you are really looking for.
Gowdy Flooring can help you find the right kind of carpet or other flooring for your home. We have all the information you need about frieze carpet. If you have questions about our products or services, call us today at (806) 353-6226. You can also connect with us via e-mail by clicking on Contact Us. You are welcome to visit our showroom and offices located at 5205 S. Coulter St. in Amarillo, TX.