The 80% wool 20% nylon mix combines the softness of wool with the strength of nylon to create a more hardwearing yarn.
A way of making woven carpets that offers great pattern definition. Most Axminster carpets are patterned.
The oldest method of weaving, offering limited colour choice but a variety of textures.
A traditional process where the pile and backing yarns are woven together, offering unrivalled strength and stability. You can spot a woven carpet by the warp and weft threads on the reverse. Both axminster and Wilton carpets are woven.
Tufts of yarn are punched through a backing membrane and secured by latex. Tufting is a less time-consuming, and therefore less costly process than weaving.
The pile is the bit you stand on. 'Total pile weight' refers to the amount of yarn used to make the carpet. Deep-pile carpets feel more luxurious, while more rows of yarn are harder wearing.
A type of carpet that uses yarn with a higher twist than usual, to create a textured surface.
Straighter than twisted yarn, with the cut ends at the top, giving a soft, velvety surface.
Traditionally berbers were made from natural-coloured wools, but what we refer to these days as a berber is a heather with a 'homespun' appearance.
Carpet yarn made from more than one fibre colour, giving a flecked, multicoloured effect.