Carpet Yarn Types

Carpet Yarn Types

When you are considering purchasing new carpeting, there are several factors to consider. Most consumers focus on look, feel and price when comparing options. However, one critical factor that gets overlooked, especially when shopping in an environment that doesn’t specialize in carpet is yarn type. Selecting the right yarn system for your use and expectations can mean everything related to the overall performance and long term value of the purchase. Choosing the correct yarn system ensures that your carpeting will look newer longer than selecting a product that seemed to have great initial apparent value, only to show wear and stains quickly. 

Below are the most common yarn types and the associated features and benefits:


Most commonly used in light commercial applications and entry grade residential Berbers. Olefin is inexpensive and in the right construction can be an economical solution. However, it has very little memory retention and is “oily”, so it needs cleaning more often to release stain and soil.


Has seen improvements in the last 3-5 years. Many cut-pile carpet options in polyester offer an affordable solution for residential use. Stain and soil warranties have improved, however memory retention and twist levels are still average at best. Depending on the amount of foot traffic, these products may begin to show sign of wear within the first 18-24 months.


This yarn system has a couple of variables, however in general have historically been easier to clean and maintained their new look for several years. Nylon is more expensive and can be hard to judge the initial value because you get less dollar for dollar. However, the warranties are extended due to it’s cleanability and resiliency. The customer can expect a nylon carpet to perform at a high level for a long time.


This yarn type combines durability, softness and exceptional performance. Typically it’s the most expensive yarn type comparably, however offers superior wear and cleanability. Triexta is also extremely soft, offering an un-paralleled experience underfoot. Accordingly, the warranty package associate is among the industries best. 

Whichever yarn system you select, make sure to upgrade the cushion padding. This is an inexpensive way to support the yarn system and over the years provides a better feel and superior value to the purchase.

At P&Q Flooring, we offer several major brands of carpeting encompassing all the different types of yarn systems. These include Mohawk, Shaw, Phenix, Masland, Dream Weaver and Tuftex. We service Alpharetta, John’s Creek, Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Sandy springs, Duluth, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Peachtree Corners, Marietta as well as other areas. We can evaluate your project and offer expert advice when presenting carpet options, as well as free in home estimates.