Frieze Carpet Vs Plush Carpet Vs Berber Carpet Vs Textured Carpet
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Frieze Carpet vs. Plush Carpet vs. Berber Carpet vs. Textured Carpet

Frieze carpet vs. Plush carpet vs. Berber carpet vs. Textured carpet, what are the differences between them? And which one should you choose?

Selecting a carpet is not an easy job because there are so many factors that you need to consider, for example, material, styles, color, or qualities. However, this article will not cover all of these aspects, except their styles, particularly frieze, plush, Berber, and textured.

So in case you are searching for information on these 4 carpeting styles, you have come to the right place. Continue to read and explore!

Choosing Carpet
What should you know about buying a suitable carpet?

General Insights About Frieze, Plush, Berber, and Textured Carpet

Before I get to the details of these 4 styles, let me introduce 2 main types of carpet: Cut pile and Loop pile. For your quick understanding, cut pile carpet is created by cut fiber loops to produce upright piles, while loop pile type is made from a variety of uncut yarn loops.

Frieze, plush, and textured are 3 styles that belong in the cut pile group, whereas Berber is a style of loop pile carpet. And the following are some overviews regarding the 4 mentioned styles.

Frieze Carpet

Frieze carpets are a popular customer choice in floor covering. They feature long fibers that are highly twisted by steaming, which will give the curled or kinked look in their appearance.

They can work very well under high-foot traffic, thanks to their dense texture. The fiber materials for frieze carpets are varied, but common ones are polyester, nylon, olefin (polypropylene), and wool.

Plush Carpet

Whenever I think about smooth-texture carpet, plush carpet always comes up first. That’s why they are also called ‘velvet cut pile carpet’ sometimes.

They are made of numerous fibers cut evenly on the top for the same length, which creates a formal look with high density. Similarly, there are many material options for plush carpets.

Plush Carpet
A closer view of plush carpet with cut same-length fibers.

Berber Carpet

Berber style is primarily found in loop pile carpets. They contain many small loops that are uncut and hand-woven. The term ‘Berber’ originates from the Stone Age era, which mentions a weaving style of North Africa and the Sahara by Berber people (1).

You can have various options in choosing colors, knot textures, and designs in this carpeting style. Moreover, wool, nylon, olefin, or blended nylon and olefin fibers are some typical materials to produce Berber carpets.

Berber Carpet
Berber carpets’ origin is from North Africa and the Sahara.

Textured Carpet

Textured carpets are made of cut twisted, or curled yarn. They also come in multi-colors, shades, or patterns based on the twisted level of the fibers.

Since people use steam treatment to curl or twist the yarn in producing textured carpets, the materials of this carpet style are mostly synthetic fibers, for instance, polyester, nylon, or PTT.

Let’s learn some carpet types and styles with this quick review.

Watch this video: Getting Technical Know Your Carpet Styles

Frieze vs. Plush vs. Berber vs. Textured Carpet – The Extensive Analysis

The bottom line is showing you how to understand and select an appropriate carpet style among these 4. In fact, the comparison also depends on their fiber materials, but here are some significant differences to highlight the characteristics of each.

Product AspectsFriezePlushBerberTextured
Carpet TypeCut pileCut pileLoop pileCut pile
Common ones: Polyester, nylon, olefin (polypropylene),or wool
VariedWool, nylon, olefin, or blended fibers of nylon and olefin.Varied
Common ones: Synthetic fibers (e.g., polyester, nylon, PTT, etc.)
TexturesSoft with a tousled and informal lookSmooth, dense with a classic and uniform lookSoft (but not as good as the other 3) with bulky and quite 'knobby' lookSoft with more textured or fuller surface
Stains or Imprint Concealing CapacityGoodPoor
  • Good for multi-color ones
  • Not too good for light or neutral color ones
DurabilityHigh durability as they are highly-twisted carpetHigh durability as they have a denser textureHigh durability as they are loop-pile carpets (better than cut-pile ones)High durability as they have uneven piles
Cleaning and MaintainingNot easy to clean
  • Vacuum: at least once a week
  • Professional clean: twice a year
Easier to clean
  • Vacuum: Few times a week
  • Professional clean: every 1 to 2 years
Easier to clean
  • Vacuum: daily or a few times a week
  • Professional clean: every 6 to 12 months
Easier to clean
  • Vacuum: at least once a week
  • Professional clean: at least 1 time every 1 to 2 years
Best Use InHallways, stairs, bedrooms, family rooms, or any moderate to high foot-traffic placeBedroom or living room but it would be best in low traffic placesHallways, entryways, playrooms, dining room, or any high foot traffic places, like commercial businessesBedrooms, living room, family rooms, or any place at medium to heavy foot traffic

Depending materials
About $1 to $8 per square foot

Depending materials
About $2 to $4 per square foot
Depending materials
About $1.5 to more than $8
Depending materials
About $2 to $4 per square foot

Alright! Let’s dig deeper and more in detail in terms of these 4 carpeting styles’ qualities.


With frieze carpet, you will feel the softness from their tightly curled or twisted fibers, creating a tousled and informal look. A regular carpet will have 3.5 to 5 twists per inch, but frieze is made of 7 to 9 twists per inch. So just remember: frieze is the tightly twisted carpet style.

If you do not like the ‘shaggy’ appearance of frieze, you might be interested in the ‘velvet’ underfoot that plush carpets offer. With flat and even tufts, plush has a smooth, dense texture with a classic and uniform appearance. This carpet style is also shorter than others overall.

Berber, nevertheless, contains thicker yarns and a vast level of loops; therefore, they have a bulky and quite ‘knobby’ appearance. You can still feel their softness, but not as good as frieze, plush, and textured sorts.

Textured carpet, in fact, is another variation of the plush sort, making them also soft like plush carpet. However, the difference between these 2 is that the textured carpet’s tufts are uneven. So they will have a more textured or fuller surface compared to plush style.  

Stain/Dirt or Footprint/Vacuum Track Concealing Level

Due to different textures, the mentioned 4 flooring styles have different capacities in hiding stains, dirt, footprint, or vacuum tracks.

With twisted fibers of frieze carpet, they can efficiently conceal annoying dirt, stains, soil, etc. Also, as frieze’s fibers are bent in opposite directions, you will barely notice footprint or vacuum marks on your carpet.

However, one of the biggest drawbacks of plush carpets is they do not hide stains, footprints, or vacuum patterns since they generally have solid colors and smooth texture.

To determine this factor in Berber carpets, there are 2 opposite ideas based on their colors. Berbere mostly has light or neutral colors, making soil, dirt, stains, or any imprints easier to see, while some multi-colored Berber sorts can hide it better.

Lastly, since textured carpeting’s texture is quite similar to frieze, they also conceal footprints or stains on the surface.

Here is a brief explanation of some popular types and their level of hiding footprint or vacuum marks.

Watch this video: Types Of Popular Carpets


Another factor closely associated with the texture of frieze, plush, Berber, and textured carpets is durability. It also relies on materials’ characteristics, but there are still some important notes about this factor that you should know.

Speaking of durability, frieze is one of the most durable carpet styles, thanks to its highly twisted. They still can wear and tear, but not too quickly since the fibers are bent in different directions, as explained above.

A second durable choice for carpets is plush. The reason they are long-lasting flooring style is because of their denser texture. That’s why they can tolerate heavy traffic areas amazingly.

For the Berber style, you also have a good option because of its strength. Since they are loop-pile carpets, they seem to be more durable than cut-pile ones. However, you should compare Berber with other cut-pile carpets of the same quality for the correct comparison.

Textured carpets also provide you with good wear-and-tear resistance and high durability due to their uneven pile. However, it is not as durable as frieze carpeting.

Plush Carpets Durability
With a high density, plush carpet’s durability is incredible.

Cleaning and Maintaining

Cleanability and maintenance are mainly based on the materials; for example, wool would be harder to clean stains than nylon. However, here is something that you should know in comparing these carpets regarding this quality.

Frieze carpets cannot be easy to clean. It will require extra cleaning and care, particularly in heavy foot traffic spaces, to keep them in the best shape. You can use a vacuum for frieze carpet to remove any allergen at least once a week or twice a year for professional cleaning.

Though plush carpets are low maintenance and have pretty-good stain resistance, you still need to vacuum it a few times a week and deep clean it every 1 to 2 years.

Berber also needs regular maintenance. Besides, there are many ways to clean Berber carpet, from an easy one, like using a vacuum specialized for Berber carpet daily or a few times a week, or applying professional cleaning in 6 to 12 months.

Textured styles may be simpler to clean than other varieties since they are frequently treated with stain-resistance treatments. However, like plush style, you should vacuum your textured carpets at least once a week and deep clean them at least 1 time every 1 to 2 years.

Generally, keeping your carpet clean, regardless of whether it is a frieze, plush, Berber, or textured style, is essential to prevent any allergies from the dust accumulated on the carpet (2).

How to clean Berber carpet properly? This valuable instruction will tell you how.

Watch this video: How to clean Berber carpet properly

Best Use In

Combining the above qualities of each style, here are some examples of where you can install frieze, plush, Berber, or textured floor covering.

  • Frieze: Hallways, stairs, bedrooms, family rooms, or any moderate-high foot traffic place
  • Plush: Bedroom or living room. Though they can work well in high-traffic areas, they would be best in low-traffic places due to their short fibers and easier of leaving imprints.
  • Berber: Hallways, entryways, playrooms, dining room, or any high foot traffic places, like commercial businesses
  • Textured: Bedrooms, living room, family rooms, or any place at medium to heavy foot traffic
Frieze Plush And Textured Carpets
Frieze, plush, and textured carpets could be good options for bedrooms.


Frieze carpets tend to be more costly than other styles. Their price varies based on the material. Polyester frieze is around $1 per square foot, while high-quality nylon frieze might be around $8 for 1 square foot. But overall, you can easily find many best frieze carpets on the market.

You can expect a lower price with plush and textured carpets. The price range of these types is from $2 to $4 per square foot, depending on their yarn materials.

On the other hand, many people believe Berber‘s price is lower than other styles overall. That is because many Berber carpets’ material is olefin fiber, which is more affordable than nylon or wool. It might start at $1.5 to more than $8 for high-quality products.

Berber carpets also come in nylon or wool versions at different prices, but they are quite comparable to other cut-pile carpets. And the production costs of loop-pile carpet are more likely lower than cut-pile ones, making Berber an affordable solution in price.

Reasons For Using and Not Using Frieze/ Plush/ Berber/ or Textured Carpet

For easier selecting the right carpet, especially among these 4 styles, here are some reasons you should use and not use it.

Frieze Carpets’ Strengths and Weaknesses

No carpets come out perfectly for everyone. Based on different needs and wants, people will have different perceptions toward their carpet choice. So let’s see both the good and bad sides of frieze carpets.

  • Durable
  • Can hide dirt, imprints
  • Do not shed yarn
  • Soft and comfortable
  • Resist crushed or spread well
  • Difficult to clean
  • Might require special care as the carpet fiber can be snagged by a regular vacuum cleaner
  • Informal appearance
  • Might be more expensive
  • Not too good at stain resistance; therefore, once stains happen, they should be cleaned immediately.

Plush Carpets’ Strengths and Weaknesses

Plush is another consideration. Check the following pros and cons to find out what qualities you are looking for and what you should avoid.

  • Durable
  • Soft and comfortable
  • Come in various designs, patterns, colors to enhance the aesthetic of the room
  • Can deal with high-foot traffic
  • Pretty-good stain resistance
  • Some materials are budget-friendly
  • Show dirt or any imprints like footprint or vacuum marks
  • Watermarking problem as it can appear in darker or 'wet' look even they are not
  • Might take more time to vacuum compared to other low-pile carpets
  • Some stains still can be absorbed quick, requiring an immediate cleaning

Berber Carpets’ Strengths and Weaknesses

Berber – the only loop pile carpet in this article, also has various aspects. Some are useful; some are not with the detailed pros and cons as below.

  • Durable
  • Good stain, spill-resistant
  • Can hide dirt, imprints
  • Budget-friendlier with some Berber carpets (e.g., polyester or olefin materials)
  • Slipping resistance thanks to the loops
  • Provide elegance to your space
  • Berber carpets' loops are easy to snag
  • Not pet-friendly as their claws can be stuck in the loop, causing the damages
  • Do not work well with oil-based stains
  • Might require special care as the carpet fiber can be snagged by a regular vacuum cleaner

This is a short review of Berber’s pros and cons that you should check.

Watch this video: Pros and Cons of Berber Carpet

Textured Carpets’ Strengths and Weaknesses

Finally, if you are interested in textured carpets, you should not skip their advantages and disadvantages either.

  • Durable
  • Can hide dirt, imprints
  • Easy to clean and less prone to bad odor or moisture
  • Some textured carpets are treated with good stain/spill resistance
  • Fit well in classic or modern interiors
  • Fewer risks in leaving indentation by heavy furniture or stuff
  • Some materials are budget-friendly
  • Still can be snagged if the carpet is in low-quality
  • Some synthetic materials can cause allergies
  • Some textured carpets are poor in fire-resistance
Berber Carpet Dog Playing
If you are a pet owner, Berber carpet might not be your suitable flooring.


If you still have some questions about carpets, especially these 4 styles, this FAQs part will offer you some more information at a glance.

How can I know my carpets are good quality?

The general rule in determining a high-quality carpet is checking its density. If they are thicker and heavier, it is a good one.

Which carpet materials are good for pets?

For your cute fur angels, some great carpeting options are nylon, polyester, or olefin (polypropylene).

What is the significant difference between frieze and textured carpet?

Simply remember that the frieze style uses steam to twist the yarns highly, and the textured style uses normal and uneven-length yarns. Furthermore, some textured sorts may mix twisted and non-twisted yarns to produce the carpets.

Is frieze carpet a high-pile type?

As explained above, frieze is a cut pile type. Their fibers’ lengths, in reality, are varied, but most of them are high pile carpeting with 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch in height.

Is Berber carpet not popular anymore?

Though they have a long history, Berber carpets are still a common customer choice thanks to their unique styles and patterns. However, you might find some difficulty in finding this style on the market.

Selecting A Right Carpet Is A Difficult Task

I am sure many of you have struggled to select a suitable and decent carpet for your home, right? I know how you feel since I have been in your shoes before.

That’s why I wrote this post to provide you with a more in-depth look into the carpet industry, particularly in frieze, plush, Berber, and textured kinds. And I truly hope you can feel a little bit relieved after reading this post and making an informed buying decision.

Last but not least, please share your thoughts and experiences with these carpets. I also appreciate your thumbs-up and rating so I can know how helpful this post is to your life. Thank you very much!

Frieze Carpet Vs Plush Carpet Vs Berber Carpet Vs Textured Carpet


  1. 2021. Berber Carpet – Wikipedia.
  2. 2018, Dust Allergies.

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