Some popular carpet manufacturers include Mannington, Mohawk, Beaulieu of America, Gulistan, Karastan and Shaw, note Consumer Reports and Floor Covering News. Carpet retail stores can be found online at the World Floor Covering Association's website, WFCA.org. In order to locate a retailer of a specific carpet brand, visit the website, click the Carpet tab on the top of the home page and enter the ZIP code to access the stores that are WFCA member retailers.
There are many different types of carpeting made by popular carpet manufacturers, including StainMaster, SoftSense and Bliss, offered by Beaulieu of America. These carpet types are differentiated by the treatments that provide stain resistance, carpet odor reduction and carpet softness.
Carpet manufacturers add new colors, technologies, cuts and textures to their offerings based on design and consumer trends. Manufacturers' terms for carpet styles include saxony, textured saxony, frieze, cable, loop, cut and loop or sculpted.
In addition to the cut, consider the best carpet for the area where it is to be installed. For instance, a durable, resilient rug may be a better choice for a high-traffic area while a cheaper, functional rug may serve the purpose in a guest room. Each carpet manufacturer has various choices to fit the customer's needs regarding the cut, style, color and cost requirements as well as additional options such as stain treatments and warranties.