Weight is only one indicator and not a great one; some rugs are too thick for specific installations. Look for density, referring to how closely the fibers are tufted together. Density labels should read between 3,000 and 5,000. The higher the number, the stronger the surface.
The fiber is what makes up the carpets. While there are acrylics and blends, here are the five most common ones: Nylon is ultra-strong, stain-resistant, and is known for resilience, the ability to bounce back and not flatten. Polyester is hydrophobic, meaning that it won't absorb, giving it superior stain resistance. Olefin also has excellent stain resistance and is budget-friendly. It wears well and is most often associated with the Berber style, a looped construction rug. Triexta is a relative newcomer to the market; it's strong and has permanent stain resistance built into the fiber. Wool is a natural fiber and probably one of the softest rugs around; don't worry about the all-white color because it has natural oils that repel dirt. It is pricey, but some manufacturers blend it with acrylics to bring down the price.
The twist is a one to six rating system for high piles rugs like the shag, referring to how many times a yarn is turned per one inch. The higher the twist number, the less likely it is to unravel or fray. Good twist numbers are five or above.
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