My father has worked in the flooring business for as long as I can remember. Not once did I think I would ever end up in this business, that is, until this opportunity to work at Flooring Galaxy in St. Louis and on the company’s website and social media came around.
I have always loved writing and sharing my opinions with others, that’s what I went to college to do. In the short time that I have been in the workforce, I have learned a lot about the different types of flooring.
Currently, I am the most knowledgeable and opinionated about patterned carpets, so I will be talking about three different types and what I think about them and their uses.
When I first looked around the store, I was drawn to this carved saxony piece from Hagaman. It was hand carved, making for a unique addition to any space. I like this piece not only for the hard work that was put into making it, but for the texture and color options as well. Being a carved carpet, there is an obvious depth that can be felt in the piece. This design can look as subtle or dramatic as you’d like, with both tan on tan and white on blue options available. Hagaman is known for their different fibers, woods, and polyesters, which gives me an even greater impression of their work. I have simple looking furniture in my living room, so I know that I would personally enjoy having this piece as an area rug as it would add a much needed pop of color and texture.
I am fond of this printed pattern from Milliken because of the simplicity of the marble design. Milliken specializes in both residential and commercial grade flooring, so their designs are bound to look great no matter the size. Printed patterns are unique because the design is printed directly on top of a solid colored carpet, so the design does not travel below the surface. This may sound like a negative point at first, but these carpets from Milliken are stain resistant, have soil protection, resist abrasive wear, and have texture retention, so these carpets were built to last and maintain their appearance. I have always loved the look of marble, so this is a piece that I believe would look great as either a kitchen or bathroom rug when paired with a marble or solid colored countertop.
Possibly my new favorite type of carpet right now is abstract geometric. This style of carpet is known for its irregular patterns. This particular piece is from Stanton, who is known for their custom carpets, rugs, and runners. I love the contrast of colors in this carpet and believe it can add a lot to a room. I would gladly have this as a large rug in my living room or bedroom. It is also my opinion that abstract geometric carpets look amazing as runners on staircases. They add a beautiful sense of movement up the stairs as opposed to a more static look from a plain or regular geometric design, which while still nice, do not leave as lasting an impression as abstract runners.
Every type of carpet is different, from design to uses, and at the end of the day, it is up to you to decide what you like based on your preferences and needs.