Common Carpet Fibers



Nylon is the most commonly used carpet fiber in this country, highly desirable due to its exceptional durability, versatility, and reasonable pricing. Nylon was invented by Dupont in 1938 and has been commonly used in carpeting since the 1950’s. Nylon can be dyed in a wide array of colors. Nylon will wear better than any other carpet fiber because it is created from the most abrasion resistant yarn used in carpeting. Nylon can be engineered in a variety of ways from silky-soft to hard durable finishes.

Polyester – P.E.T

Used in residential and a few commercial applications, polyester has good color clarity, colorfastness, and resistance to water-soluble stains. All of Mohawk’s staple polyester yarn comes from our state-of-the-art plastic bottle recycling facility. This food-grade PET Polyester fiber might be considered to be better quality than carpet-grade polyester fiber.

*NEW*  Triexta РSmartstrand

SmartStrand carpet is made from DuPont Sorona renewable resourced polymer. This marks the first time that a luxuriously soft carpet offers durability and stain protection, while also making less of an environmental impact. The superior stain resistance of SmartStrand carpet is engineered into the fiber and will never wear or wash off.


Also known as Olefin, this fiber resists fading, generates low levels of static electricity, is favorably priced, and can be engineered in outdoor applications. Due to its manufacturing process, polypropylene inherently resists stains. When used in specific carpet constructions, this yarn will perform as well as most resilient fibers.


Wool is the standard by which all other carpet fibers are measured. Wool ages gracefully and a well made wool carpet that has been properly maintained will last a long time. Wool is a natural fiber, it has great texture, excellent resilience and good abrasion resistance. The natural texture of wool builds in a resiliency and soil hiding potential. Wool has the best resistance to crushing. These properties make wool a leading performer in quality carpeting. Wool is the miracle fiber that we have used as floor covering for the last 6000 years. The most expensive of the fibers listed here.