Let’s make sure we’re on the same page with a simple question: what is frieze carpet?
By definition, frieze is a tightly twisted carpet. The high twist-level gives it a “knobby” appearance (see below) but also makes it durable. Some people refer to it as the new shag carpet, but it’s nothing like the messy appearance of the carpets you’d see back in the 70s.
By the end of this article, you’ll get my opinion on whether frieze’s popularity is warranted. More importantly, you’ll determine whether it makes sense to install frieze in your home.
What rooms are best for frieze?
Frieze is a great, if not the best, style carpet for casual rooms with high traffic. This means you should consider it for family rooms and hallways. Bedrooms are also a good option.
Frieze isn’t the fanciest of carpets. Being the cleaner cousin of shag carpet, it probably won’t look good under your office’s cherry wood bookshelf. But, frieze is versatile, so I’m sure you could prove me wrong if you use your interior design skills.
Pros and Cons of Frieze Carpet
I’ve already touched on some of the benefits and drawbacks of frieze, but let’s list out the pros and cons of this newly popular carpet:
- Durable. By definition, frieze carpets have tight twists. This is a positive for durability. It means the carpet is less likely to fray over time.
- Fun design. Similar to Berber carpet, frieze’s appearance is unique. It’s not as messy as a shag, but the fibers are just long enough to give it a fun texture. Once you’ve seen a frieze, you’ll be able to spot one the next time you run into it.
- Usually doesn’t shed. Most friezes are BCF carpets. This means it won’t shed like a dog for the first year you have it. Shedding isn’t a manufacture defect but some carpets shed an annoying amount the first few months after its installed
- Easy to hide seams. Unless you’re carpeting only small rooms, your installer will have to use two pieces of carpet. This can leave a visible seam, but frieze’s long fibers make it easier for the installer to blend the pieces together.
- Forgiving on messes and footprints. Similar to above, frieze’s appearance can camouflage footprints and small spills or messes. It’s not fool-proof but can definitely help if you have a lot going on in your house.
- Informal appearance. Frieze’s “fun” look is also it’s drawback. It is more difficult to pull off in a formal or luxurious room.
- Misleading durability. So… I just said one of frieze’s benefits is its durability, and that is true. The problem is there are many factors that make a carpet durable, and the carpet style is just one. Some people fall into the trap of thinking just because they got a frieze, it’s automatically a good carpet. This can be dangerous.
- Requires (somewhat) special care. There are two things that make frieze a little more difficult to clean: it’s long shaggy fibers allow spills to get to the base of the carpet and can get snagged by certain vacuums. Most people notice neither of these. But the remedy is clean up spills quickly, get a carpet with good stain protection, and research a new vacuum if needed.
How durable is frieze?
Usually carpet style doesn’t make much of a difference in durability. This isn’t the case with frieze since it’s “style” is tight twists. And remember tight twists are one signs of a durable carpet. Don’t forget what we talked about in the pros and cons though… Many other factors affect carpet durability, so don’t run off to the store thinking any frieze you buy is a good one.
How much does frieze carpet cost
A good quality frieze carpet will cost you $4 to $7 per square foot. If quality isn’t important, you can get a lower-end frieze for as low as $1 a square foot. Frieze is a popular style, so it might be slightly more expensive than your average style. But for the most part, frieze will fall in line with other carpet prices.
Captain’s parting words!
I was really racking my brain to come up with the negatives of frieze in the pros and cons. I always like to play devil’s advocate against the trendy choice. But in this case, I think frieze’s popularity is warranted. It’s a distinct style that also happens to be durable. It makes a great choice for your family room, hallways, and other living spaces.
This doesn’t mean frieze has to be for you. Maybe you don’t like it’s knobby appearance, or maybe you predict the “trendy” style won’t be popular much longer. If frieze isn’t for you, there are other style options.
If you’re sold on frieze? Check out the Captain’s complete guide on buying carpet to make sure you get a durable one.