Advantages & Disadvantages of Frieze Carpeting

Frieze carpet is an excellent choice for families, pet owners, and in spaces that experience high traffic volume. There are dozens of advantages and disadvantages to frieze carpet. Find out if frieze carpeting is right for you or your client and how to determine which option is best suited for your needs. 


There are two major types of frieze carpeting materials. Higher quality frieze carpets, made from nylon or wool fabrics, and frieze carpets made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET). The first option generally costs more, but wears better and offers superior strength. Though PET materials are not as resilient, frieze carpeting in itself is an excellent choice for most home owners and in office spaces.

Frieze carpets are made of short, twisted fibers with strands measuring less than ¼ inch. Each carpet tuft has two ply’s of yard, twisted together in 3-5 twists per inch. Higher quality frieze carpeting will contain up to 7-9 twists per inch, creating a curled appearance. The fibers flop, concealing dirt, footprints and even vacuum marks. That carpet fibers are loosely constructed, lending itself to the nickname “shag” or “California shag.”


The short fibers make frieze perfect for high traffic areas. Its twisted fibers flop in a lackluster manner, easily concealing dirt, stains and foot prints. This durable carpet offers a long life that requires little maintenance, and comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns.

Frieze carpet has a naturally clean appearance and its speckled style further conceals dirt and stains. This carpet is soft and cozy to walk on. Its thick, plush material makes it extra desirable during the winter months—both for its comfort and its heat saving qualities.

It’s thick material also doubles as a noise reducer through its sound absorption qualities. Its thick material is also ideal for deformed or marred floors and hallways as its plush material appears inviting and creates a level appearance for floors that may be otherwise.


Frieze carpet doesn’t have too many disadvantages, provided you or your client likes its aesthetic appearance. Compared to non-textured carpeting, frieze carpet can be expensive.

Frieze carpeting made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fibers are less expensive, but also conceal less dirt and foot traffic and require more cleaning and care than nylon and wool versions. The PET fibers also offer less durability and shorter life span as it does not wear as well as nylon and wool versions.

Nylon fibered frieze carpeting is the superior choice, however it is the most expensive option when it comes to this shag carpet.

Tips for Cleaning:

In order to best preserve the fibers in the frieze carpet, and maximize the lifespan of the material, carpets should be vacuumed at least every two weeks. The vacuum should also contain a beater bar which helps shake up any dirt hidden beneath the individual carpet fibers. Professional cleanings should take place at least twice a year.

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