One of the most important decisions you’ll be making for your new carpet installation is choosing fiber because that's what makes up a rug, giving it a significant impact on appearance, performance, and longevity. One of the questions we hear most often is whether a natural or synthetic fiber is best. They are both excellent, so it ultimately comes down to how much you value specific characteristics.

What’s a natural or synthetic fiber?

Natural fibers are harvested from nature, such as wool from sheep or silk from the silkworm. They are then processed into fibers and produce very soft rugs, often with additional characteristics such as resistance to stains or fire retardancy.

Synthetics, which are a little more stain resistant, are human-made. They are durable, easy to care for, and can be just as soft; synthetic fibers also tend to be more stain-resistant. Many find these human-made fibers a more practical choice, especially if they have kids or pets.

Common carpet fibers

When you walk into our carpet store, you'll see acrylics and blends, but five fibers stand out as the most common. Wool is natural, soft and elegant, white, and also a bit pricey. Don't worry about the color; this fiber has natural oils with tiny scales that brush dirt away.

Nylon, a synthetic, makes up over 50% of the carpets in the U.S. market and is known for ultra strength, durability, resilience, and stain resistance. Solution-dyed nylon is a version where color is applied throughout the process, becoming permanent and resistant to fading.

Polyester has inherent resistance to stains, and another version, PET, refers to fibers being made from recycled plastic bottles. Olefin, often associated with the Berber (looped) style, is budget-friendly and stain-resistant. Simultaneously, the relatively new triexta has already developed a reputation for ultra strength and permanent stain resistance.

Get the answers you need at our carpet store

Whether you’re looking for carpet, hardwood, laminate, luxury vinyl, or some other floor, consider A&D Carpets your one-stop source in the Augusta area. We also offer a range of services, from residential and commercial flooring installation, subfloor and surface floor repairs, rug binding, design consultation, and more. Visit our showroom in Augusta, GA, especially if you live in Martinez, Evans, Augusta, and North Augusta for your carpet flooring upgrade.