Choosing the best carpet for your home isn’t as simple as it appears. From the size, color, style to quality, material and everything in between, there is a multitude of factors to consider. Today, we’re bringing you the expert’s guide on how to choose the perfect carpet pile for your home.

But first thing’s first, what exactly is a pile? According to Jaipur Rugs’ experts, piles refer to the density of the rug. In simpler words, it refers to the thickness of carpets and rugs. And depending on the usage, foot traffic and where it lays, the rug’s pile can significantly influence its durability and suitability. So, here are three things you must consider to help you choose the right carpet pile:

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#1 Practicalities:

Finding the perfect carpet to suit your home’s needs requires significant considerations to its practicalities. Things like the placement of your rug and the volume of footfall or dirt it will receive will help narrow your choice.

Typically, the rule of thumb here is that the thicker the carpet and rugs, the lower the durability. The shorter the pile, the more footfall it can endure. When it comes to making the big purchase, the practicalities of a rug have to be the number one factor to take into consideration.

After all, you wouldn’t want to make the mistake of choosing thick piles like shags – that’s highly difficult to clean – for your hallway because it looks good! Practicality has got to lead the conversation when it comes to finding the right pile for your home.

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#2 Usage and weight:

Different piles have different levels of resilience, how a carpet and rug will be used will help to determine if a short or thick pile is best for your home.

For instance, rugs with longer or thicker pile are softer to the touch and more luxurious, but at the same time it is less durable and can withstand less weight. To its counterpart, short pile carpets have shorter strands and tend to be less fuzzy or delicate to the touch but are sturdier.

If you’re planning to place furniture on top of a rug, then it’s best to opt for short piles like loop or Berber as they do not show indentation or leave marks. Browse Jaipur Rugs’ short pile, flatweave rugs for handmade carpets made to last.

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#3 Style:

Once you’ve got the first two factors out of the way, you should then consider your style to choose the perfect carpet pile. Mix and match to your heart’s content or choose carpet and rugs that are in line with your overall theme.

For those of you with a traditional Indian interior design aesthetic, short pile styles like our Lacuna wool and silk hand-knotted rug in Emerald Green (RUG1056698) offers a classic touch of pattern that’s still practical and meticulously handcrafted by our skilled artisans.

And there you have it: find the perfect carpet pile for your home by considering the practicalities, the way it’s used and how it fits with your aesthetics.