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Karastan Carpet

What It Has To Offer

Karastan® carpet is one of the most established names in the carpet and rug industry. It's name has been synonymous with quality and innovation since they produced their first rug roughly 80 years ago.

Although your choices in carpeting are widespread, with a number of name brands to choose from, Karastan® carpet deserves a look if nothing more than to become aware of the wide range of patterns, textures and styles they offer.

Note: This article is intended as an information resource about Karastan® carpet for the readers of this website and represents the objective opinions and views of HomeStyleChoices.com. It's not associated with nor intended to represent Karastan® or their website.

What Products Do They Offer & What's Unique?

Before delving into the specifics about Karastan® carpet, it may help to first review our page about choosing carpet. It includes carpeting basics, how to make informed choices and also provides information on things like fiber types and other terms that you might run across in this article. It'll at least give you a good general overview if you're not that familiar with carpeting.

Both Synthetic and Natural Fibers

Karastan® carpeting is made from synthetic fibers as well as natural fibers such as wool. Some carpets are a blend of the two types of fibers.

Synthetic Carpets

Synthetic fibers used in Karastan® carpets are made from nylon, polyester and polypropylene. Nylon is the predominant synthetic carpet fiber in the industry and has established a reputation for durability and longevity.

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Some of the fiber types used by Karastan® are "branded" fibers. The benefit of branded (vs. unbranded) fiber is the quality, brand recognition and technology that's associated with them. The fiber is produced by other companies specialized in synthetic fiber production and used by carpet manufacturers like Karastan® in the production of their carpets and rugs.

Karastan® carpets include the following fibers, depending on the particular style of carpeting:

  • STAINMASTER® brand fiber which includes their Tactesse®
  • nylon fiber engineered for softness
  • Wear-Dated® brand fiber made from the preferable type 6,6 nylon
  • SmartSTRAND® fiber made with DuPont™ Sorona®, a material made in part from corn sugar

Other fiber types include Karalon™ and ultraSTRAND® with Scotchgard™ Protector Advanced Repel technology.

A particularly unique aspect of the SmartSTRAND® fiber is its stain resistance and environmentally-friendly qualities. It's been engineered at the molecular level to resist stains and differs from other types of stain treatments in that it's not applied to the surface of the fiber (which can wear off over time). Also, the DuPont® Sorona® used in making the fiber is itself manufactured in part from renewable resources, unlike other synthetic fibers.

The point to draw from all of these fancy technical names of "branded fiber" is that they're typically a better fiber and result in a better carpet. The companies that manufacture the fibers usually offer their own warranty, in addition to what the carpet manufacturer offers. Karastan® is no different than other manufacturers of quality carpet in offering these better materials in their carpets and rugs.

Wool Carpeting

Besides the synthetics, Karastan® carpets are also made with wool and wool/synthetic blends. Karastan® touts itself as being the largest processor of wool carpet in the U.S. In that way it sets itself apart from other major carpet makers.

Wool Carpet

Karastan® carpet uses New Zealand wool, known as a source of superior fiber. It's naturally white color allows it to easily accept and retain dyes for good color brightness and retention. New Zealand wool is also the product of rigorous testing and quality control, perfected over years of that country's specialization in wool processing.

Wool has often been thought of as being too expensive and while it can be pricey, the cost is not always "out of sight". Wool is a durable fiber, with a natural resiliency that synthetic fibers try to match but can't exactly duplicate. This means that a wool carpet can outlast a synthetic one, making the economics of buying a wool carpet on par or close to that of synthetic carpets. This is particularly true today with higher oil prices that drive up the cost of synthetic fibers.

Karastan® is the only company to make worsted wool carpets and rugs. Worsted wool is processed through a combing and carding procedure that results in longer parallel fibers. These fibers are then tightly wound to form a strong yarn which makes for a strong carpet fiber.

If you never gave wool any thought as a floor covering before, think again. It's worth it to check out wool carpeting a little more closely and Karastan® carpet has a good range of styles from patterns to solids.


Woven & Tufted Construction

Today's carpets are made using one of two methods:

  • Tufting - Carpet yarns or "tufts" are pushed through a pre-woven backing material by a machine using hundreds of needles to push them through. The tufts are locked into the backing by the application of a latex material.
  • Woven - As the term implies the carpet yarn is woven or "interlaced" with the backing yarn, forming a "braided" locked-together structure.

Karastan® offers both. The fact that they still produce woven carpet is somewhat unique in a world where automation and fast, efficient processes (like tufting) are the norm. One of the reasons is that a woven carpet offers benefits like durability and longevity. But another reason is because Karastan® was able to develop a machine-process for weaving carpets and rugs.

Premium Carpet Cushion

Carpet cushion comes in various forms but one of the most common is urethane foam. It's rated by its density, in pounds per cubic foot. The minimum density for residential carpet recommended by the Carpet Cushion Council is about 5 to 6.5 lbs/cu.ft.

Karastan® makes a premium cushion under the name of Karastep™. There are several varieties but the premier cushion is the Karastep™ Prima cushion. It has a number of benefits starting with it's density of 10 lbs. Because it's made with something called visco-elastic memory foam, it gives and conforms under pressure but returns to it's natural shape. It's recyclable and has the Carpet And Rug Institute's Green Label certification for products with low indoor air emissions.

There are also some warranty benefits (see the section below) when you combine a Karastan® carpet with a Karastep™ cushion.

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What Type Of Warranty Is Offered?

The warranties offered on Karastan® carpet are similar to what would be expected of other large carpet and fiber manufacturers. These include warranties against:

  • abrasive wear
  • manufacturing defects
  • stain resistance
  • texture retention
  • fade resistance
  • anti-static
  • soil resistance
  • moth and insect problems (for wool carpets)

The type of carpet dictates which warranties apply and the actual terms of coverage. Coverage is not the same for all carpets.

What sets their warranties apart from some others is their 20 year limited abrasive wear warranty and their limited lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects.

Karastan® provides an additional 15 years beyond the 5 year limited wear warranty usually provided by the fiber manufacturer, as applicable, for fiber abrasion wear. However it's pro-rated and full coverage is only offered in the first few years, diminishing to 10% in years 10-20.

One interesting note about their limited lifetime manufacturing warranty is that the reimbursement limitation only goes up to 5 years as it's stated in their written materials. It too is pro-rated with full reimbursement in years 1-3.

Another item to note about Karastan® carpet warranties involves their Karastep® carpet cushion. Using this cushion with a Karastan® carpet upgrades the warranty for carpets that carry a wear warranty. What it does is provide full coverage later into the carpet's life, rather than being pro-rated after the first or second year.

A final note on carpet warranties independent of Karastan® carpet is that it pays to read and understand the specific warranty that comes with the carpet. There are terms like "stain resistance" and "wear resistance" that might be mistaken for what they really mean. A stain resistance warranty doesn't mean the carpet's covered against all stains and all stain-causing substances for example.

Understanding the warranty will avoid any surprises if you have problems with your carpet down the road since you'll know what to expect and what is and isn't covered. Take a look at this section about carpet warranties on the carpeting page for some additional insight.

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Where To Get A Closer Look

Like with any other large home product such as flooring, you'll want to see the product up front and personal. Karastan® carpet can be found at various flooring retailers in the U.S. and several in Canada. The Karastan® website has a store locator function that operates off of a zip or postal code. The search results provide a mapping option for convenience.

Before you actually get out and burn some gas, take advantage of the product search capabilities on the Karastan® website. It's a good way to quickly see if there's a pattern, color or texture that interests you. Having done some prep work ahead of time will make your visit to a Karastan® carpet retailer more efficient should you decide to check them out more closely.

The Karastan® carpet website is at:
www.karastan.com

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Find A Local Carpet Professional

Whether it's Karastan® or some other brand, shopping for new carpeting and finding an installer takes time and effort. If you'd like some help locating a carpeting specialist in your local area, simply fill out the form below. It will provide you with local carpeting sources that can provide a free estimate for your particular carpet project.

These carpeting contractors will contact you at your convenience and all estimates are provided at no charge and there is no obligation involved. It's a nice way to take some of the legwork out of having to find qualified sources to install new carpeting in your home.

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Here's More Related Info That Might Be Helpful...

Choosing Carpeting - This article shows you what you should know about carpeting before you choose and how to understand what makes up better quality carpeting.

Wool Carpeting - Wool is a great natural alternative to synthetic carpets. Discover what wool has to offer along with the a few points you should consider too.



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