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Buying Guide

Knowing the basic types of carpeting will make it easier to decide on the right carpet for your project. Take a look at our buying guide below for a run down of piles, togs, weights, and more.


What type of flooring should I choose?

Carpets can be pure wool, wool blended with synthetic fibres or 100% synthetic, and the type of fibre affects the durability of the carpet. You might have a preference for the texture or ‚Äòfeel’ of the carpet, and our warehouse is the perfect place to experience all the many options you have available to you.

Hover over the boxes below to find more information about each topic. If there is anything else you need help with, you can contact us on 01454 322828 and we will be more than happy to help.


Long-lasting and resilient, wool is the ideal fibre choice for high traffic areas in the home such as living areas. Wool carpets have a fantastic ability retain their appearance, resisting fading and general wear and tear longer than other carpet materials. Plus they help to retain heat - perfect in the colder months!

Synthetic Fibres

Synthetic fibres are fantastically versatile. Suitable for any area of the house, and ideal for families with children and/or pets, they are fade resistant and good value for money. Look out for our StainFree collection from Abingdon flooring for bleach cleanable carpets made of strong polypropylene fibres.


Generally, the heavier the weight of a carpet, the greater resistance it has to flattening or compression from traffic and furniture. A 40oz or 50oz carpet for example is ideal for hall, stairs, landings, and living areas. Whereas a 30oz carpet is spot on for bedrooms.

Tog Rating

Put simply, the higher the tog rating, the greater the insulation. Carpets with a lower tog rating are ideal for rooms with underfloor heating whereas higher tog ratings are better for typically colder areas. Every home is different, so ask our experts in store to help you understand exactly what it is you need.

Twist Pile

Twist pile carpets are resilient and easy to care for - another ideal candidate for high traffic areas such as hall, stairs, and landing, and living areas. Heather twist carpets come in a wider range of colours than plain twist, so among our giant choice you'll be sure to find the perfect match for your colour scheme.


Synonymous with luxury and high quality, Saxony is as indulgent as carpets and rugs get. Perfect to create an elegant look and feel, they are ideal for finishing touches to bedrooms, living areas, and lower traffic areas of the house. They are available in a wide range of colours so please ask in store.

Loop Pile

Hardwearing and suitable for most areas of the home, loop pile carpets are a cost-effective, versatile choice. Available in a variety of lengths and colours in plain and berber effects.

Loop pile carpets aren't, however, suitable for pets as their paws and claws can get tangled in the loops.

Axminster & Wilton

Axminster and Wilton are high quality, often woollen, carpets and rugs with a woven pattern in a wide variety of colours. With woven backing and very popular in patterned ranges, you will often see these carpets in pubs and hotels. Axminster and Wilton carpets are very hardwearing so ideal for commercial use.

Colours & Patterns

Synthetic or man-made fibres offer the greatest range of colours options for rugs and carpets. With bright, bold patterns making a comeback, especially stripes, they provide a great opportunity to add a statement feature to any room. Ask one of our specialists in store about matching up our striped and patterned carpets to your spaces.

Stain Protection

Look for stain resistance protection that helps to maintain a carpet's good looks. We do stock the following bleach cleanable brands; Carefree, Stainfree, Stainguard, and Stainaway. Some of these come with a lifetime stain free guarantee - ask a member of our team in store for details.

Measuring Your Room

We want to take the pressure off of you for this whole process, so we are happy to send out our expert fitters to measure your room before we come round to fit your new flooring.

If you wish to measure your room yourself, it is important to allow for alcoves, doorway recesses, and bay windows.

Free home consultation

If it’s easier for you, we can bring samples to your home or office! Check the colours against your d√©cor to make sure you’re picking the right flooring for your room. We’ll take accurate measurements of the space and recommend flooring to suit your budget. We also offer a fully guaranteed fitting service.

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