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Why You Should Consider a Printed Carpet

Thanks to advancements in technology, there are now a number of different processes available to us when it comes to dyeing carpets. Traditionally, coloured or patterned carpets were all pre-dyed, meaning that the fibres were already coloured before the carpet was woven together. Printed carpets, on the other hand, allow for a completely new level of customisation, but what’s the cost?

Let’s take a look.

green printed carpet in bedroom

What is a printed carpet?

It’s worth getting this question out of the way first because a printed carpet could mean a number of different things. It can refer to:

  • Injection-dyed carpets: An injection-dyed carpet differs from a traditional pre-dyed carpet because the dye is injected into the textile after its construction.
  • Digital printing and screen printing: This process involves actually printing a design onto the carpet, rather than a traditional dyeing process where the yarn is properly saturated.

What are the benefits of printed carpets?

Here are some of the reasons why you should be considering a printed carpet:

  • Unlimited design possibilities: One of the main reasons why printed carpets are so popular is because they are truly unmatched in terms of design possibilities. When it comes to intricacy, colour and fading, you can be as detailed as you like – something which just isn’t possible with pre-dyed carpets.
  • Speedy lead times: Thanks to the way that printed carpets are created, either through injection-dyeing or digital printing, you can expect your order to be completed much quicker than pre-dyed carpets
  • Simple replacements: If you need to replace a tile of your printed carpet down the line, it will be easy to replicate the design of your print. However, with a pre-dyed carpet, you may run into trouble if the suppliers of the dye are no longer in operation.

What are the cons of printed carpets?

  • A lack of richness and definition: In terms of colour, a printed carpet will never be able to quite match the level of richness that a pre-dyed carpet can offer. But, given how quickly a printed carpet can be produced, this is to be expected.
  • More expensive: On balance, you will find that printed carpets tend to cost more than pre-dyed carpets, so the style has to really be something you prefer if you are going to opt for it over a traditional carpet.

2 Myths about printed carpets

 

  • Printed carpets lack durability: While printed carpets might not be able to achieve the richness of a pre-dyed carpet, they certainly remain durable. The dye is still chemically bonded with the fibres after all.
  • Printed carpets lack texture: While this may have been true decades ago, it would be unfair to say that printed carpets have no texture. Advancements in carpet printing technology mean that printed carpets now have textures that can even rival some pre-dyed carpets.

If you’re based in London and are looking for a new carpet, look no further than John Frederick. We supply a wide range of high-quality carpets to customers all over the capital, so if you would like to take advantage of our quality products and competitive prices, please give us a call.

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