The elegance of frieze carpet is a result of its uniquely tough construction. Frieze is characterized by a very high number of twists. The high twist level is achieved by machine twisting the carpet tufts and heat-setting it so the twists stay locked in. Ultra tight twisting creates tension that causes the carpet to curl at the top–this gives the carpet a textured, knobby appearance. Make sure not to confuse frieze with shag carpet, which is curled over due to long carpet strands and low density.
Advantages of Frieze
Frieze carpet is great for high traffic areas because of the high quality construction (discover how carpet quality is affected by a carpet’s twist level). In addition, the textured appearance of the carpet will hide vacuum streaks and footprints.
Disadvantages of Frieze
Frieze is more costly than many other carpet styles due to its thorough construction.
Captain’s parting words: If your carpet takes a daily beating, frieze is going to be your best choice for combining performance and appearance. Its tight twists make it one of the most durable styles of carpet. Keep in mind, if you’re carpeting a room that is exposed to little or moderate foot traffic, you may be overpaying for top-notch construction that you don’t need. Different pile heights can give the carpet very different looks since it tends to curl at the top, so if you fall in love with the design of a particular frieze carpet, make sure that the ordered carpet is the same height.