Pros and Cons of Berber Carpet

There are a lot of myths about Berber carpet out there. Before writing this article (already with my pros and cons in mind), I took a look at what other sites had to say about Berber. What I found was confusing. Often times I would read one site that would say Berber was great at something, and then go to another site and it would say the exact same thing was a weakness of Berber.

My hope is this article will clear things up. I’m giving you the top 5 pros and cons of Berber carpet. These pros and cons come from a mix of my dads 20+ years in the carpet cleaning industry, personal accounts from Berber owners, and the opinions of experts and owners on the internet.

Let’s start with what exactly is Berber carpet, and then we will dive into the pros and cons. One thing to keep in mind in our pros and cons is that Berber is a style of carpet, but there are many other factors that impact a carpets durability.

What is Berber carpet?

Berber is a unique style of carpet. It consists of multiple small loops, instead of strands you see with many other carpets. This style of looping originates to the ancient Berber tribe of Africa, and today it‘s one of the most popular carpet styles. Berber carpet‘s pros and cons are a side effect of its distinctive design.

5 Advantages of Berber

  1. Durability: Durability has nearly become synonymous with Berber carpet. The durability of different fibers varies. However, we find that this selling point of Berber carpet is generally pretty accurate.
  2. Stain resistant: We also agree with this advantage, but we think it could use a little modification. “Spill resistant” would be more accurate. All of the varieties of Berber carpet tend not to absorb spills, allowing you to blot them up. Stain resistant is not as accurate because some types of Berber carpet are prone to oil stains.
  3. Aesthetically appealing/versatile: Berber carpets allow for unique designs and color schemes. Berber carpet often has a flecked color scheme giving it a great ability to adapt to multiple interior design schemes. This one remains true for all Berber carpet.
  4. Comfort: Berber carpet’s looped design provides a cushiony feel under your feet. This is especially true with wool and nylon varieties. Olefin and polyester also share this feeling to some degree. However, some people find olefin and polyester to have a rough feel on bare feet.
  5. Economical: Berber carpets are known to be a great value. This is typically true. With this said, the price range still varies greatly. Wool Berber carpets are not cheap. They may be worth the money, but if you have a tight budget, olefin and polyester will be better decisions.

5 Disadvantages of Berber

  1. Snags: It is possible to snag a loop of Berber carpet. If left untreated, the snag can unravel and cause a much worse problem. Check out our Berber carpet repair guide to prevent this from happening. While snags are possible, the majority of people with Berber carpet don’t have a problem with snagging.
  2. Stains: It was a little funny reading the advantages and disadvantages lists. We found many of them to be contradictory, while still making sense to some degree. Berber carpet is stain resistant, but when a stain does occur, it can be more difficult to clean than other carpets.
  3. Rough: Another seemingly contradictory statement (to the comfort advantage). Some people do think the cheaper Berber carpets have a rough feel. With this in mind, many families have cheaper olefin Berber carpets and find them very comfortable.
  4. Cats: Some people have found that their cats like to use Berber carpet as a scratching post. Usually, this is not the case, but if it is, it will wear greatly on the carpet. Buying the cat an alternative scratching pad may be necessary.
  5. We like to keep things optimistic, so we’re leaving it at one less disadvantage.

Final Verdict on Berber

Berber is a truly unique carpet design. However, it’s become more common over the years (think how cool it looked when it was first seen in homes!). This doesn’t mean it’s out of fashion, but maybe isn’t something that will make guests comment on how uniquely beautiful it is. The loop style can give Berber durability advantages in some cases. However, it also makes it more susceptible to damage from vacuums and animal claws–Berber can snag unlike other types of carpet.