How Berber Carpet Maintains Its Allure

How Berber Carpet Maintains Its Allure

Berber carpeting is one of the oldest styles of carpeting. Originally, it was hand-woven in North Africa by Berbers, which gave this style of weaving its name. It surged in popularity during the 90s, and after all this time, Berber style carpeting is still used and loved by many.

Find out more about what Berber carpet is, how Berber became popular, the pros and cons, and when you should choose it. 

What Is Berber Carpet?

Berber carpet is a type of loop carpet. In standard cut pile carpet, the yarn threads come from the backing or base of the carpet and stick up, which means you’re walking on the cut ends of yarn. Berber carpet is different because instead of only sticking up, each piece of yarn comes up and then loops back down into the base, so you’re actually walking on the top of a folded loop of yarn.

The color of Berber carpet is another way it differs from other carpets. Typically, it uses a neutral color with a mix of different flecks of color throughout. This speckled look helps hide stains and dirt, but also helps the carpet keep a casual, informal look that works well in nearly any room. 

Why Did Berber Carpet Become So Popular?

In the 90s, Berber became extremely popular. It took homes and commercial properties by storm, and it was difficult to go a day without seeing Berber at least once. A large part of this popularity came from the extreme durability that came with Berber, as well as a lower price point.

While colors, styles, and designs might have changed since the 90s, Berber is still popular in homes and businesses for those exact same reasons. 

Benefits of Berber Carpet

Here are a few of the reasons that Berber became popular in the 90s and is still popular in more modern styles and designs today. 

Handles Heavy Foot Traffic with Ease

Chances are, you’ve seen Berber in a lot of commercial buildings and schools, and it’s because they can hold up to heavy foot traffic without unraveling.


Berber tends to have a lower price point than other carpets, especially when compared against high-pile, plush carpets. While it is generally less expensive, it does not mean it is cheaply made. 

Variety of Fiber Choices

You’re not limited to just one type of carpet fiber material with Berber carpet, which gives you a variety of options in strength, look, and comfort.

Easy to Keep Clean

Because of its tight weave, Berber carpet is more stain-resistant than other carpets. 

Flecked Berber Hides Dirt Well

If a stain manages to set on your carpet, the coloring and design of flecked Berber can help hide it. Instead of sticking out like a sore thumb, the stain blends in and could even look like part of the design.

Troublesome Traits of Berber Carpet

As great as Berber is, it does come with some drawbacks. Here are some reasons why Berber might not be right for your home. 

Not Good with Pets

There’s a chance your pet’s claws could get stuck in the loops that make up Berber carpet. You can help avoid this by making sure your pet’s claws are trimmed short, but there’s still a risk that their claws will create a tear or cut in one of the loops. If you are looking for a carpet more suited for pets check out Empire’s HOME Fresh carpet.

Hard to Install

Berber carpet is harder to install than traditional carpet. This can lead to higher installation costs, or complications if you’re doing it yourself. 

Potential for Running

Because of how Berber carpets are made, if a loop is torn, undone, or cut it can create a small snag, leading to a large visible run of damage.

Not as Soft as Other Types of Carpeting

Berber is a dense and tightly packed carpet, which means you’re not going to be able to sink your toes into it. For a softer carpeting option check out Empire’s plush carpet.

Berber Carpet vs Regular Carpet

If you’re trying to pick out a carpet for your home and can’t quite decide if Berber is right for you, here’s what you need to know when comparing it against the standard plush carpet.

  • Foot traffic plays a major role. Because of its dense weave, Berber is able to hold up against a lot of abuse significantly better than regular carpet.

  • If you absolutely have to have a soft, plush carpet, a cut pile carpet will be best for you. In low foot traffic areas where you want to kick off your shoes and be comfortable, like your bedroom, plush carpets are a better fit. For people who don’t like the limp feeling of regular carpet, Berber could be a good alternative to hardwood, tile, or vinyl. It offers the right amount of firm support and cushion.

  • Both carpets take about the same amount of maintenance. While Berber is able to hide stains and dirt better than plush carpet, it doesn’t mean you should take less care of it. You still need to frequently vacuum and occasionally shampoo and clean your carpet no matter which style you choose.

Find Out More

Schedule your free in-home estimate with Empire Today and see how Berber carpet could be the right fit for your home. More helpful information can be found on our blog, make sure you check out Pantone’s 2021 color of the year. If you want to see what others have said about us, head over to our Shopper Approved page where you can find thousands of trusted reviews.

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