What is Sculptured Carpet?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

Sculptured carpet is a design of carpeting that is characterized by a mixture of high pile and low pile fibers arranged according to a specific configuration. There are several popular basic formulas for sculptured carpet, with the high-low loop and the cut-and-loop approaches being among the most enduring methods. Sculptured carpet is considered to be an excellent means of increasing the visual interest of the floor covering without the use of different colors to create a pattern.

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Woman with a flower

There are a few misconceptions about sculptured carpet. One of the most common is that sculptured carpet is harder to keep clean and in good condition. Actually, there is no difference between cleaning carpets with an even pile and those with a high-low loop design. Because the durability of any carpet depends on the type of fibers used to create the floor covering and not the style, sculptured carpet will respond to the use of spot cleaners and steam cleaning in the same manner as any carpet design.

Another common misconception is that the sculptured carpet will look great when first installed, but that the higher loops will eventually be crushed and the design will lose integrity. While it is certainly true that sculptured carpet that is installed in high traffic areas will wear more quickly, the higher loops will not wear more quickly than the shorter loops. All that is needed to keep the sculptured carpet in condition is regular vacuuming and period steam cleaning, so that dirt and oils do not have the chance to lodge into the fibers.

Sculptured carpet does not offer any advantages over other forms of carpeting. The main appeal of the carpet is in the visual appeal. Sculptured carpets can be an effective means of adding a subtle layer of interest to a room, by providing a layered effect to the floor covering in the room. Typically, a sculptured carpet is a great way to enhance the look of the flooring without using a lot of color that may clash with other furnishings in the room.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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I have two very soft, sculptured rugs in my bathroom that I just love. Even though they are simple, the sculptured design looks good and feels good on bare feet.

Since I like these rugs so much I have thought about buying some sculptured, patterned carpet for my bedroom. The carpet there really needs to be replaced and I have been looking at different colors and designs.

My bedroom doesn't get a lot of traffic and I never wear shoes on my carpet upstairs, so I think the sculptured carpet would be a perfect fit for that room.


One of the nicest hotels I ever stayed at had sculptured carpet in the hallways. I thought it added a nice, elegant touch throughout the whole place.

I don't usually pay much attention to the hotel carpet and furnishings, but this was a very exquisite place and I was trying to take in all of the extras that made the place so special.

It didn't look like this carpet was any harder to clean than other carpet. It was just that the sculptured design added a unique touch that was really pleasing to the eye.


Suggestion: Post this article to Wikipedia, but I would suggest adding an addendum about the colors employed in the 1960s: ex: dark blue with slight green accents. Mid century architectural properties sold today are looking to replicate the idea and look of the 1960s. Your website articles are well written and would contribute to the aesthetic developed during that time period.

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