Thicker isn’t necessarily better; in fact, it can even be harmful. You want to know about density, which is how close together the fibers are tufted. Bend back a sample card; you won't want to see a lot of white space.
A low pile has a smooth surface and the loops are woven very tightly together. High pile rugs have long, loose threads, like the fluffy shag (commonly called a “sheepdog rug.”)
You don’t have to use the same type of carpet throughout the house; just be sure they all coordinate.
A low pile tends to be easier to clean, so it’s better for high traffic areas and stairs. High pile ones are most likely what you’d want for the bedroom where the priority is to step first thing in the morning on something warm and cushion-like.
There are four basic ones: nylon, known for super-strength; polyester, which has excellent stain-resistant, but isn't as durable; wool, an all-natural one; olefin, which is economical, as well as stain, fade, and mildew-resistant, but doesn't last as long as the others.
There are also specialty fibers, like silk; blends; Triexta, a newish fiber that has been compared to nylon for strength and has permanent stain resistance built right into the fiber; and PET, which is made from recycled plastic bottles and food containers.
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