Combining fashion and function, Berber carpet has become one of the most popular varieties of home carpeting on the market today. The term Berber originally referred to the handwoven rugs of North African artisans (who were called Berbers) in the late Paleolithic Era. These ancient handwoven rugs were a model of homespun durability and they have been copied on a broad scale by Western carpet manufacturers. This doesn't mean that all Berber is being produced in the West, though. Handmade Berber carpet is still a thriving industry in Morocco and several other nations in Northern African.
What Is Berber?
Berber carpet is easy to identify - it has looped pile running in parallel lines, a construction that is exceptionally durable and stain-resistant. Its rugged loop surface creates a wool-like appearance while also hiding footprints and other tracks. Some Berbers are also constructed with multilevel loops that create patterns or random effects that help hide dirt. Berber carpets also come in cut pile, which has the luxurious feel of thick pile carpeting while retaining the color and texture of traditional looped Berbers.
Berber is not actual a unique type of carpet (at least not in the way that nylon carpet is). Instead, it's the name for a unique way of weaving carpet. Berber is actually available in most carpet fibers, from lush wool to less expensive nylon, olefin or blended fibers. If you decide that you want Berber carpet, be sure that what you buy is made from quality materials. Unfortunately, some carpet distributors are selling poor quality Berber and it's not worth the price.
Why Choose Berber?
Berber carpets are some of the most interesting carpets on the market, from a visual perspective. Berber carpets typically contain both big tufts and small tufts. They often contain many tiny flecks of a dark color which are highlighted against a lighter background color. Berbers are a distinctive, attractive and versatile variety of carpet that adapts well to any room - from formal living rooms to casual rec rooms.
Because it's so durable (and relatively inexpensive when compared to other durable carpeting), Berber carpet is often found in high-traffic areas, such as schools office buildings. The only real disadvantage to choosing Berber carpet for high-traffic areas is that Berber can be a bit tough to clean. It's probably wise to hire a professional cleaning service, rather than trying to do it yourself.