Traditional Berber Rugs, Columbia, SCBerber carpet has been rising in popularity in Columbia homes. While it’s long been a popular floor covering in commercial spaces, people are discovering the appearance, durability, and versatility of this carpet makes it a great option for residential spaces as well. Our team at Floor Coverings International Columbia East has gathered some facts about Berber carpet to help you understand the pros and cons of this popular carpet style.

Facts About Berber Carpet

Berber carpet is named for the Berber people of North Africa. Known for the characteristic knotted style of their hand-woven rugs, contemporary Berber carpets mimic this look with a loop pile construction, as opposed to the cut pile construction of traditional saxony or frieze carpets. The loop pile has some pros and cons that you should be aware of if you are considering a Berber carpet for your Columbia home.

Berber Carpet in Columbia, SCBenefits

The construction of Berber carpets makes them durable and naturally stain resistant, and thus a popular option for high traffic and commercial spaces. The loops prevent spills from penetrating the carpet as quickly as they might on a cut-pile carpet. And Berber carpet often contains flecks of darker coloring on a light background, making this a great floor covering for hiding dirt, debris, and stains.


The loop pile of Berber carpet can have a tendency to crush or matte over time, although this depends somewhat on the fiber of the carpet. Wool, nylon, and Olefin are the most common fibers used in making Berber carpet. Wool and nylon are softer underfoot and less susceptible to crushing, making them a great option for homes. Olefin fiber carpets are cheaper, but will crush more readily. Berber carpets are also available with different sized loops, and the small loop varieties are less likely to crush.

The loops on a Berber carpet are also prone to snagging, and those snags can run if not addressed. For this reason, it may not be the best option for homes with pets. Their claws can snag the carpet, and cats can have a tendency to sharpen their claws on the inviting surface. When vacuuming the carpet avoid using a beater bar attachment, which can cause snags on the looped surface as well.

Depending on the fiber and construction, a Berber carpet can be an affordable, comfortable, and long lasting floor covering in your Columbia home. If you’re ready to learn more about Berber and other carpeting options, contact our team at Floor Coverings International Columbia East for a free in-home design consultation.

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