Choice of fibre
In Australia, the three major fibres used in carpets are nylon (polyamide), wool and polypropylene (polyolefin). Some carpets are made of blends e.g. 80% wool with 20% nylon is a common blend.
Despite the competing claims of fibre suppliers, no one fibre necessarily makes a better carpet. Good carpets are made from good raw materials and components, coupled with the skills of the manufacturer to produce a properly constructed carpet using these components.
For this reason, there is no simple answer to the ‘which fibre is best’ question and it is unwise for consumers to base a buying decision on fibre alone.
Carpet Grading schemes have been designed to take the guesswork out of the carpet selection process. The best advice is to use the grading schemes to isolate the performance level you want and then let your personal preferences rule your decision on fibre, colour, texture, feel and style.