If you’ve ever shopped for carpet, you might have been confused by the terminology used in the manufacturer’s description. If you’re uncertain what the label is telling you about the piece you’re looking at, how can you know if it’s the right carpet for you? In today’s blog, we’ll define a few commonly used carpet terms so that you can properly interpret the labels the next time you’re browsing selections.

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The underside of carpet provides strength and durability, and most carpets have a double backing. The carpet fibers are tufted into the first, primary backing and then a secondary layer covers the primary one for a uniform surface to allow for easy installation. Carpet backing may be made from natural materials such as jute, or from sustainable materials like polypropylene.

Bulked Continuous Filament

Often shortened to BCF, this is a type of carpet manufacturing method that involves weaving one continuous fiber throughout the backing to create a section of carpet. When compared to the other manufacturing methods (see stapled fibers), there is less initial shedding. Because of this, many people with allergies or breathing conditions choose BCF carpet.


Also referred to as the cushion, carpet installers install the pad prior to the carpet itself to increase the comfort and longevity of your carpet. There are several types of padding available, including waffle rubber, flat rubber, and bonded urethane.


Available in varying heights and styles, this is the visible part of the carpet that you walk on. Most often, you’ll find cut and looped piles.

  • Cut: In this pile, the loops are cut, exposing the straight edges of the carpet fiber.
  • Looped: Fiber coils are left uncut, leaving the loops intact.


This term describes the carpet fibers durability in terms of how easily it returns to its original position after being crushed, bent, or stretched. Currently, the most resilient carpet fibers are composed of nylon.

Stapled Fibers

Unlike BCF, this type of manufacturing method involves stapling individual tufts to the primary backing. Because the section of carpet is not composed of one continuous fiber, this style is prone to shedding. The stray fibers are easily vacuumed up and will consistently decrease over the first six months.

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There you have it! By knowing these common carpeting terms, you’re well on your way to making a well-informed carpet decision. If you’re ready to start your next flooring project, call Urban Design Floors at 720-370-6024 today! We can’t wait to work with you!

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