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Berber Carpet Prices

Flooring can make or break a room. While some people love the look of hardwood and linoleum floors, others prefer the warmer look that comes from carpet. Berber carpet, which is one of the oldest types of carpeting, is a popular choice for homeowners. Available in a range of color options, the material feels soft against one's feet, can make a room feel warmer and covers older damaged or scarred floors. Learning more about Berber carpet and how much the carpet costs can help homeowners decide if the material will work in their homes.

The Costs

  • Wool Berber: $10 per square foot
  • Nylon Berber: $3 per square foot
  • Polypropylene Berber: $$1.50 per square foot
  • Olefin Berber: $1.50 per square foot

What is Berber Carpet?

The history of berber carpet dates back several centuries. Originally handmade by artisans working in the berber region, the carpet featured bold colors and unique designs. Modern berber carpets now feature some of the same designs, but most shoppers prefer a neutral design in a color that matches the rest of their home. The carpet features a strong backing made from nylon or another material. Manufacturers wrap the carpeting material around the backing and pull it through the front, which results in large loops. Though traditional berber carpet used wool, modern manufacturers now use a combination of different materials.


While shoppers can still find wool carpets, those carpets are often a little more expensive and harder to find. Nylon is a more popular alternative. Nylon mimics the look of wool, but it's a much more affordable option. Those looking for something a little more durable should opt for a nylon and olefin blend. The olefin adds a touch of durability to the carpeting and makes it better suited for high traffic areas. Another option that some homeowners might like is a polypropylene carpet. The synthetic fibers used in this type of carpeting is extremely durable.

How to Care for Berber

Many people like using berber because the material is resistant to stains, but that doesn't mean the carpet will look great for years. Homeowners must know how to properly care for their carpets and how to clean their floors. Homeowners should vacuum the carpets at least once a week, and they should pay for professional cleaning once a year. Some homeowners can go 18 months without professional cleaning, but it depends on how often they walk across the floor and the condition of the carpet. Using furniture coasters on the bottom of heavy furniture can prevent those pieces from damaging the carpet.


Berber carpet has a number of advantages and disadvantages. One of the biggest advantages is that the carpet comes in so many different options. In addition to choosing from different materials, homeowners can also look at carpets in a variety of different colors and designs. While some love the look of darker carpets with traditional berber designs, others want something a little simpler for a living room or entryway. The carpeting also works well in a number of different rooms around the house and does especially well in high traffic areas.

High traffic areas are the most frequently used areas of the house. These typically include the entryways, hallways, the living room and bedrooms. As berber is stain-resistant, it's a good choice for those with small children in the house. The material feels soft and smooth, and many people like that it comes in different face weights. A larger face weight gives the carpet a thicker and plusher feel, while a lower face weight can feel a little rougher.


After looking at the advantages, homeowners should think about the problems associated with berber carpet. Though the material is stain-resistant, it isn't a good choice for homes with pets. Dogs and cats can run across the floor and sink their claws into the fiber loops, which can cause those loops to fray or break. As the carpet features large loops, it's important that homeowners properly clean the carpet on a regular basis. Standing on the carpet can leave dirt and debris on the surface of the carpet, and walking across the floor will push that debris down into the carpet fibers. Cleaning and vacuuming removes that debris.

Another common problem associated with berber carpet is damage caused by furniture. Something as simple as a couch placed on the floor will leave behind indents in the carpet. While some minor indents disappear after a vacuuming or steam cleaning, other indents will go further into the fibers and remain until the homeowners replace the carpet. Other homeowners find that the carpet fibers break or suffer from snags. Trimming the carpet fibers down can repair that damage, but some homeowners will find that they prefer a stronger type of carpet in their homes.

Cost of Berber Carpet

Many homeowners look at the price per square foot for new flooring without taking into account any other factors. Berber carpet starts at just $1.50 per square foot, but the price can rise to $10 or more per square foot based on the design and style of the carpet. In addition to the cost of the carpet, homeowners also need to think about the padding used underneath the carpeting. Carpet padding is a protective material that covers the original flooring and provides a firm base for the carpet. Some shops add the cost of the padding to the quoted price, but other shops charge an extra fee for the padding.

Companies and contractors will also charge an installation fee based on the overall square footage of the home or the size of the room. The cost of padding can add an additional $.30 per square foot to the job, while installation costs can add $1 or more per square foot. Anyone interested in adding berber carpet to their homes should look at how much the carpet alone costs along with the price of the installation, padding and any special tools or equipment needed for the job.

Last updated on May 6, 2016

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