Now that you understand pile and fibers, you are ready for style. The frieze, with long, curly fibers, is informal and holds up well in heavy foot traffic areas, such as family rooms and hallways. It is durable and won't show footprints or dirt.
The shag often referred to as "sheepdog rug," is available in colors ranging from purple to red and multi tones. The shag is fun and distinctive and better for low traffic areas. While similar to the look of the frieze, the shag's fibers tend to be thicker; the frieze fibers are skinny.
Saxony is a cut pile. It comes in all styles, from plush and velvety to patterned tone on tone. Cut and loop are, as it sounds, with some fibers cut and others looped. Berber gets its name from the Berber tribes of North Africa. These rugs were light, with dark flecks of color. Now they've evolved into loop patterns with both solid and multi-colors.
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