The Frieze Fundamentals

Frieze carpet, sometimes called shag carpet although the terms are not always interchangeable, has short, twisted fibers that do not stand upright. The irregular structure of the twisted fibers gives frieze a casual look and it makes stains, dirt, foot prints and general wear less noticeable. Frieze carpet is sometimes more expensive than other carpet types its long life and low maintenance justify the cost. Plus, frieze carpet’s plush fiber construction aids in insulating a home by offering warm flooring during bouts of cold weather.

It’s durable.  

Frieze makes an ideal choice for families with young children or household pets due to its fantastic durability. Frieze carpet is available in a wide selection of colors and styles. The fibers of frieze carpet stick out in all directions, forming a random pattern that helps hide accidents and imperfections. Each fiber strand measures about a 1/4 inch in height unlike with a true shag carpet whose fibers may be longer. Dirt and foot prints disappear into the floor thanks to the carpet’s haphazard fiber positioning. Its speckled appearance also helps hide stains. The carpet’s twisted fiber design makes it particularly well-suited for high traffic locations.

It’s low maintenance.

The carpet fibers of frieze have a loose construction which lets dirt fall beneath the carpet’s soft outer layer and into the carpet’s backing. Because the soil particles lay under the fibers themselves, the dirt and dinge is concealed and the grime becomes invisible to the naked eye. One may expect that this would make frieze hard to clean… Not so! A strong vacuum will successfully pull dirt up from beneath the fibers, therefore, regular vacuuming will keep frieze fresh as ever. Day in and day out, the carpet’s construction will lend it a naturally clean appearance so how often you want to vacuum is up to you. You may choose to vacuum once a week or once a month depending on the foot traffic in your home. The thick, shaggy texture is sure to keep it looking acceptable in between cleans. Frieze fibers also aid in concealing pesky vacuum roller marks after vacuuming. Ultimately, maintaining a regular vacuuming schedule may help extend the carpet’s life.

A word on fiber options…  

Frieze is available in many different materials and not all materials are created equal. As with all types of carpeting, a sub-par fiber choice can negatively impact the carpet’s appearance and durability. Frieze carpet manufactured from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polyester fibers typically show more stains than frieze made from nylon or wool fibers. The former synthetic fibers also offer a shorter lifespan than wool and nylon and do not wear very well. Frieze carpet manufactured from polyester or polyethylene terephthalate may be cheaper than wool but you could spend more on flooring in the long run should you find yourself replacing your carpets after a few short years.