Brief Overview of Carpet Fibers
Nylon: This is by far the most popular synthetic carpet fiber used in carpet today. It offers tremendous value, performance, and ease of maintenance. Nylon provides brilliant colors and hides soil and traffic well.
Olefin: This fiber is also called polypropylene, and is extremely popular in Berbers and level loops. Olefin carpets are highly stain, static, mold, and mildew resistant. They can be used in indoor or outdoor carpets, including outdoor turf. Olefin carpets do not resist matting and crushing as well as carpets made of nylon fibers.
Polyester: Gives excellent color clarity with a soft feel to the carpet. Lacks the durability of a nylon carpet.
Acrylic: Has a real wool look and appearance. Used mainly in level loops, bath mats and some velvet carpet styles. Offers good mold and mildew resistance with low static levels.
Wool: Although somewhat expensive, wool still offers great bulk, performance, and an elegant look.