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What is Carpet Made Of?

Exactly what is carpet made of? Carpet is composed of fibers that are twisted together into strands using a process called plying. These strands are then flawlessly sewn into the backing layer of the carpet for structural stability. Nearly 90% of carpets manufactured today feature synthetic fibers, with three main variations:

  • Nylon
  • Polypropylene
  • Polyester

Nylon is the best-performing type and accounts for up to 75% of carpets sold. Polypropylene and polyester carpets make up the rest. They look great but lack the durability of nylon.