Nylon is the most versatile of all fibers, providing flexibility in creating a variety of carpet styles – from sumptuous plush to fashion-forward patterns to low-maintenance loop (Berber). Its strengths include good resiliency, good yarn memory to hold twist, good stain resistance with stain treatment applied, good soil hiding ability, and good abrasion resistance.
Picking nylon because it’s “the most popular” or “the best” carpet on the market leads some people to a disappointing carpet purchase. If nylon is high on your list, it’s worth learning the pros and cons of nylon to make sure it fits what you need in new carpet. This page is the perfect place to start.
Olefin is the generic name for polypropylene, a synthetic fiber used to make many different products, including carpet. In the carpet industry, the terms olefin and polypropylene are typically used interchangeably, as they both mean the same thing. You may hear the fiber referred to by either name.
Sorona Smartstrand carpet is the exception. Usually, we stick to the basic carpet fibers because the “new and improved” are just new. In the case of Sorona, it has proved worthy of being mentioned with the other traditional carpet fibers: wool, nylon, olefin, and polyester.