Cut pile achieves its durability through the type of fiber used, density of tufts and the amount of twist in the yarn. The greater the twist, the more resilient the shape, making it suitable for high-traffic areas.
Plush (Velvet): Dense and luxurious, it can show footprints and vacuum marks easily. Good for rooms with low traffic or formal settings.
Textured plush: Most decoratively versatile. Textured surfaces help hide footprints and vacuum marks. Preferred style for busy households. A great “whole-house” carpet.
Saxony: Presents a refined surface that is well-suited to living and dining rooms.
Frieze: Has a "curly" textured surface due to yarns that are extremely twisted that helps to minimize footprints and vacuum marks. Good for areas with frequent traffic.
Shag: Popular for retro applications, shag is a type of frieze, with a very tall pile height.
Cable: Also similar to a frieze, but some fibers are thick and some are thin, for a varied appearance.