Cut pile refers to a style where the exposed fibers are sheared off evenly. Different styles, textures, and patterns can be created just by changing cut angles, heights, and twists. Straight Saxony, sometimes also called Saxony Velvet, is an example of a cut pile. It is plush, soft, and dense and has a more formal appearance. Textured Saxony, also sometimes called “trackless” because it won’t show vacuum marks or footprints, has an embedded pattern, and is more contemporary.
The frieze-cut pile has long fibers that are so tightly twisted they curl. It has a more casual feeling. This is sometimes confused with the shag, which is also a high pile without the twist. Some fibers are cut, and others looped, sometimes also referred to as “sculpted pile.” Here, the yarn creates various patterns, often with a three-dimensional appearance. Looped carpets are also sometimes called "uncut pile" or "Berber pile.” They aren’t cut but, instead, keep the yarn loop intact.
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