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Comparing Carpet Fibers


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Comparing Carpet Fibers
Understanding the basics of carpet fiber is key when selecting the carpet that is right for you. Review the overview of each fiber type below to choose the characteristics that are most important for your space.

Nylon Carpet Fibers

The most versatile of all fibers, nylon provides excellent durability and flexibility. It is the most commonly used carpet fiber and can be found in a wide range of both cut pile and loop pile styles. Nylon also has great color flexibility and uniformity, and many yarn systems are exceptionally soft. Though not inherently stain resistant, most Shaw Floors carpet made with nylon feature stain-resistant treatment for protection against household spills and stains.

Shaw Floors premium branded Anso® Nylon has a nearly 50 year history of innovation and quality. It offers leading-edge styling and outstanding performance and comes standard on our Caress, Color That Speaks to You and Foundations collections. Anso Nylon is also Cradle to Cradle® Silver Certified, meaning its design has been evaluated to assess its positive impact on both people and the environment.   Image of living room featuring Find Your Comfort carpet by Shaw Floors in color New Perspective

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Polyester (PET) Carpet Fibers

Polyester offers exceptional softness and color clarity and is naturally stain and fade resistant.

Shaw Floors Endurance fiber is high performance PET, providing durability, lasting softness and beauty. It can also withstand extreme conditions such as harsh sunlight to protect against fading. Endurance fiber comes standard on carpet in the Bellera collection.   Image of Emergence high performance polyester carpet by Shaw Floors in color Sterling

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Polypropylene (Olefin) Carpet Fibers


Polypropylene is inherently stain and fade resistant. It is not as resilient as nylon or polyester and has limited styling. Polypropylene is normally used in loop pile construction in which there is less need for resiliency.

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