columbia cut pile carpetingWho doesn’t love the warm, soft feeling of carpet underfoot? At Floor Coverings International Howard County, we help homeowners in the greater Columbia, Ellicott City, Cooksville, Clarksville, MD area find the perfect carpeting for their homes. The most popular wall-to-wall carpeting in Howard county homes is cut pile. Here is some more information about this flooring material and why it is a great option for Columbia families.

What is Cut Pile?

Carpeting has been around for thousands of years. The oldest carpet in existence is approximately 2,400 years old. This means that it predates the Roman Empire! This carpet, known as the Pazyryk Rug, was woven by hand. The modern carpeting found in most Columbia homes is tufted, which means that it is made by injecting yarn into a backing material. The resulting carpet is called loop pile because it consists of rows of loops. When the loops are severed, you get cut pile carpeting.


Cut pile carpeting is the most common type of carpeting found in homes because of its comfort. When the loops are severed to make cut pile carpeting, you sacrifice durability for comfort. That’s why cut pile carpets are rarely found outside of the home. This soft and insulating carpeting feels amazing underneath your feet. It is a great option for bedrooms and family rooms—spaces where comfort is paramount.


Cut pile carpeting can be found in a variety of colors and styles to fit any aesthetic. From soft and elegant Plush to fun and casual Frieze, it is easy to find a cut pile carpet that you like. The most common type of cut pile carpeting is called Textured. This carpet features short, slightly-twisted carpet fibers that strike a balance between comfort and durability.

For More Information

At Floor Coverings International Howard County, Columbia homeowners trust us with their flooring needs. Call today to learn more about cut pile carpeting and schedule your free, in-home consultation.

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