Gibbs Carpet Centre has been established in Wisbech since 1989, offering great prices and advice on carpet, both for the home and office locations.
How carpets look and function depends largely on the fibres they are made of. Wool is still recognised as the best fibre for use in carpet.
It is used on its own in a pure 100% form or in blends with nylon and polypropylene to improve its wear properties.
A blend of at least 50% wool is recommended in a carpet. 95% of all the carpets manufactured by Carpet Foundation manufacturers are wool rich – and it is recognised that we make the best carpet in the world.
The British Wool Marketing Board and Wools of New Zealand are both Associate Members of the Carpet Foundation.
A twist pile carpet is made from yarn that has been tightly twisted and set to form a pile with a textured surface. Twist piles are produced in both plain and heather colours (Heathers are created using a combination of complimentary coloured fibres to obtain a tonal effect).
Saxony carpets are longer dense pile carpets made to create a luxurious deep pile effect.
Available in both wool and man-made fibres.
These carpets are renowned for leaving prints when walked on.
In a loop pile carpet the yarn forms loops on the surface of the carpet, either in uniform height, creating a level loop pile, or with differing heights creating a textured loop pile. Variations include a rustic tweed style loop known as a Berber which contains highlight flecks.
Copy of Loop Pile
Carpets woven with a 400 cm width are either 100% wool or 100% polypropylene heatset yarn.
In a Wilton carpet the pile is in the form of a continuous yarn, which produces a series of loops; these may then be cut for a cut-pile velvet finish.
The advantages of wool are: It is naturally flame retardant Has a low propensity to soil and so has good appearance retention Very good wear properties Easy to clean and maintain Environmentally friendly and sustainable fibre
Nylon is commonly used primarily as a blend fibre with wool but sometimes on its own. The advantages of nylon are: It is extremely hard wearing Easy to clean Very high abrasion resistance Excellent stain and soil resistance Multiple colour choices
Polypropylene is highly stain resistant (very good in children’s’ rooms) and is used in very good value for money budget products or in a blend with wool. The advantages of polypropylene are: It is hard wearing Stain resistant Easy to clean with very good colour fastness
Polyester is very popular in America. Commonly used in Saxony’s which have a long deep pile it is also used in small quantities as a bonding agent in wool/synthetic blends to provide good tuft definition and reduce fibre shedding. The advantages of polyester are: Light and bulky with good wear properties It has a lustrous appearance Good stain resistance
Danny and the team, at Gibbs Carpets & Flooring worked so hard to organise and finish our carpets before Christmas. The service was always polite and helpful. I would recommend this company to anyone looking for a good, reliable carpet company JS - Wisbech