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A baby’s first steps.

The sounds of a slumber party.

Stepping out of bed on a cold winter morning.

Some moments in life are just more inviting and cozier when you have a comfortable floor of carpet under your feet.

But deciding on which kind of carpet is right for your home can be a daunting task. And given that it’s something you’ll have in place for several years to come, you want to be sure you select a carpet that will work for you and your family.

Between the material they are made of, the types of piles available, and the colors to choose from, the list of carpet options can seem endless. To narrow down your possibilities, it helps to first determine what material of carpet fiber makes the most sense for your family’s needs and your home’s location.

Natural Wool

If you are looking for sustainable or natural materials to use in your home, wool carpet is one of the few options available. It resists stains, has a soft and luxurious feel, and is quite durable.

But you should note that wool can have some drawbacks. First, it is one of the most expensive carpet types on the market, so if you are carpeting several rooms or need to adhere to a strict budget, you might wish to look at more affordable options. Wool can also be susceptible to mold and mildew, too, so watch for humidity levels in your home if you have wool carpet. Also, some people are allergic to wool, which may also be a consideration for some families.

Synthetic Materials

Fortunately, there are several options of synthetic carpets on the market that can provide the look and feel you want. Four of the most common on the market today are:


If you are looking for an option with many of the benefits of wool but at a lower price point, you should consider nylon carpeting. It has a look and feel like wool, and its ability to be recycled at the end of its use makes it a more eco-friendly than other synthetic carpets. It resists dirt, stains, and mold and mildew, which makes it durable and versatile enough for any family.


If you are installing carpet in a room that gets a lot of sunlight or in a space that will get a lot of foot traffic directly from the outdoors, you might wish to consider polypropylene, or olefin, carpet. This type of carpet is stain-resistant and can tolerate water, so it works well as indoor/outdoor carpet. It’s also manufactured with dyes that make it less prone to fading than carpets made from some other materials.


If allergies are a concern for your family, polyester might be a good choice. It can be more hypoallergenic than other fibers, but it’s still eco-friendly because it’s typically made from recycled materials. Because it does tend to flatten over time, polyester is recommended for use in rooms that don’t get a lot of foot traffic, such as bedrooms or more formal sitting rooms.


This type of carpet is one of the newest on the market and is designed to be eco-friendly. Like nylon or polyester, it’s durable and resists stains. But it is manufactured with a polymer made from corn and without petroleum, which means its production has less impact on the environment.

Regardless of the material you select, remember that your carpet will last longer with proper maintenance, such as regular cleaning. A well-maintained carpet can last for well over a decade with proper care. And the friendly staff at Goshen Floor Mart will be happy to help you determine which carpet options are right for you and your family’s needs, so that it can last for many years to come. Call 574-642-4770 or visit our showroom at 65669 U.S. 33 in Goshen.