Cut Pile Carpet vs Loop Pile Carpet

Time to learn a little theory. The topic of this post is the difference between cut pile carpet and loop pile carpet, what makes these carpets so special, and which one to choose as the best alternative. There are so many questions to answer. Read on, and I hope you will find this info useful.

Cut pile and loop pile are the two most popular carpet types that you will see in the market. They have their differences and similarities, including the look, structure, and durability in everyday use. Moreover, these types of carpets can be combined into a cut and loop pile carpet, which is a very interesting solution. I’ll explain it in more detail below.

First of all, what is the carpet tile? Before we see the difference in the structure, it’s important to understand what it is. Carpet tile is an outer layer of the carpet that we see and walk on. It may have different structures depending on the process of how the carpet was weaved. The quality and technique of the carpet pile determine how durable the carpet will be.

Cut Pile Carpet

Cut pile carpet looks like this:

Cut Pile Carpet

When you look for the carpets available online, you’ll see that cut pile carpet is one of the most common types. The majority of the carpets have cut piles. The name cut pile is given to these carpets because the carpet pile ends are cut. Thus the name.

In this style of carpet, fibers are sheared off during the production. When you take a closer look, you’ll see that the edges of the carpeting fibers are exposed. As a result, this type of carpet is very soft to walk on and has a fluffy inviting look. This carpet type can have various pile lengths and can be high pile and low pile. Like other carpet types, it has good and bad sides.

Advantages of cut pile carpet:

  • Soft and comfy for the bare feet, much softer than the loop pile carpet.
  • Luxurious look and feel.
  • They have a twist that helps the carpet to resist the matting. The heavier is this twist, the more his carpet resists crushing.
  • Great for carpeting both homes and offices.

Disadvantages of the cut pile carpet:

  • Hard to clean, because the piles allot the dirt to get inside easily and to the base of the carpet. As a result, you have to vacuum clean it more thoroughly. However, with proper care, they will last for many years, without the need for replacement.
  • Footmarks are more visible on the cut pile carpet.
  • Lower durability compared to the loop pile carpet. 

There are different types of cut piles. The three most popular types of cut pile carpets are the following:

Plush Carpet

This is one of the more widespread types of cut pile carpets, also known as the velvet plush carpet. This carpet type has a really high density of piles. The yarn that is used in manufacturing has a low-density twist, that’s why this carpet looks more fluffy and tufted. Such a type of carpet is very soft to touch and can become a great adornment for any room. I would recommend choosing it for the low foot traffic areas.

Frieze Carpet

The second type of cut pile carpet has the tightest twist, it is so tight that the fibers even curl a little on the ends. Moreover, all the fibers get curled in different ways, that’s why this carpet type looks very curly and intriguing. It can be used even in high foot traffic areas, such as entryways and hallways.

Saxony Carpets

The last type of cut pile carpets is a very good practical choice. Its twist is also very tight, and it’s good at resisting the crushing and matting. It can be used in different rooms, but I’d recommend it for the places with a mild amount of foot traffic, for example, in the living room.

As you see, there are many things to consider and see if this carpet type is right for you.

Loop Pile Carpet

This is how the piles of such carpets look like:

loop Pile Carpet

Loop piles are left in loops, not cut as for the above carpet type. These carpets have much stronger and tighter construction, that’s why they are more durable compared to the cut pile carpets. Loop pile carpets can be wool or synthetic. They are often made of recycled plastic.

Moreover, the loop pile carpet can be of two types: level loop and patterned loop. As you can guess, the loops of the level loop pile create a flat surface. Due to its easy cleaning and high durability, this kind of carpet is great for use in offices and public institutions.

Patterned loop carpet is made of loops that have different lengths. Because of this, such carpet has an interesting texture and look. Cleaning such a type of surface takes a little longer, but the dirt on such carpet is not very visible. Patterned loop carpet looks attractive and original, and also provides improved soundproofing. The best solution for homes.

Advantages of the loop pile carpeting:

  • High durability compared to the cut piles. These carpets are great for use in high-traffic areas.
  • Resilient to stains.
  • Can be created in so many designs, and be textured, patterned, or even look. Lots of visual effects to choose from.
  • They minimize footprints. You may walk over without anyone noticing.
  • Easier to clean, because the first doesn’t get to the base of the fibers as easily as in the cut pile carpets. 

Cons of the loop pile carpeting:

  • The loops of such carpets can be caught by pet nails, and even cause an injury. They may also be caught by the furniture legs. Such pulled loops are very hard to fix and will be very visible.
  • Not as luxurious as the cut pile carpets that look shaggy. Loop pile carpets are more suitable for casual areas.

What Is a Berber Carpet?

Berber carpets of the commonly available types of loop pile carpet. This carpet type has its name after the colored flecks in it, but today Berber carpet name is used for almost all the looped carpets.

What Is a Sisal Carpet?

Sisal is a very popular type of looped pile carpets. It can be available in many beautiful patterns and textures. The major disadvantage of sisal carpets is that they can be very tough on your bare feet.

The Combination of Cut Pile and Loop Pile Carpets

The third carpet type is my favorite. During the production, some of the carpet piles are cut, while others are loops. Interesting, right? The goal is to create visually interesting design patterns, which are drawn by the different pile types. This carpet type is not as common as purely cut pile or loop pile, but it’s very loved by designers.

It’s not very suitable for the high-traffic areas, as different pile types are difficult to clean and maintain. Moreover, it will wear out fast if you don’t clean it thoroughly between the piles.


As you see, the difference between the cut pile and loop pile carpets is how the piles look. Each carpet type has its visual appeal, so you should make a choice depending on personal preferences and carpet placement. I hope the tips above will help you have a great decision!

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