room with polyester wall to wall carpet
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Polyester is noted for its soft hand, or texture, especially when used in a luxurious thick pile. It is a good value choice, as its styling attributes are competitive with nylon—it can be made into loop or cut loop, and it takes color extremely well. But it's not as resilient. Soil resistant and easy to care for, it's suitable for bedrooms as well as playrooms. Everstrand, a polyester carpeting from Mohawk, has been manufactured by a process that uses recycled soda bottles since 1989.

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