Popular since the early 1950s, man made fibres have changed dramatically in look, feel and performance thanks to carpet manufacturing and fibre production technology.


Acrylic is not as hard wearing as nylon and less fire resistant than wool, acrylic can still bring bulk and pile resilience to a carpet.

Polyamide (Nylon) is often added to wool to create a woolrich carpet to increased wear resistance, particularly in lower pile weights and densities. Nylon can also increase longevity and resist uv light


Polyester carpet fibre gives a luxurious feel to thick, cut pile styles and it also provides a good depth of colour. However, it is not as resistant to flattening as some other fibres although it does wear well and provides good resistance to water-soluble stains.


Polypropylene is becoming widely used in carpet manufacturing, either as part of a blend, or in its own right. While it withstands footfall well, it is not as resilient as other fibres and can look dingy when soiled. As far as cleaning goes, polypropylene is easy to care for although it does scar if exposed to flame. Polypropylene is a good choice if budgets are tight.


A relatively inexpensive fibre, viscose is not particularly resilient and it has a habit of flattening fairly easily.