A throwback to the 70s, shag carpet is making a little of a comeback. Shag is well-known for its… well, for lack of a better word… shaggy appearance. It’s constructed with tall tufts and low density causing the carpet fibers to lie down. You can think of this like hair on your head. If you have a buzz cut, it will stand up but as the hair gets longer it lies down. This gives shag it’s 100% unique appearance.
Advantages of Shag Carpet
If otherwise well-constructed, shags can last a long time. One of the biggest signs of carpet aging is matting, where the normally upright carpet fibers start to lie on their side. Since shag naturally has lies on its side and looks good this way, crushing is not a problem. Therefore, proper vacuuming and cleaning schedule of this carpet keep it looking new.
Disadvantages of Shag Carpet
While many people love shag’s unique appearance, some people think it looks informal or disorderly. Shag’s don’t have the “clean-cut” appearance of many other carpets. And for those who do like the style, it might be difficult to find. Shag’s popularity dropped significantly after the 70s, so stores have reduced it in their inventories.
Captain’s parting words: If you want a retro vibe, you need to find this carpet. Assuming it’s constructed well, it should last you a long time. Make sure to pay attention to the twist level. Density is not as important with shags because they are low density by nature and cannot crush. However, you want to compensate this low density by an acceptable twist level, otherwise the carpet will have a tendency to unravel and look worn out. Shag carpet is a one of a kind style that people love or hate, so if you’re one who loves it, it’s worth finding.