Carpet Wool or Man made ?

Carpet – Luxury, Style, Elegance  J A Flooring

When you enter a carpet shop to buy a carpet for your home or office, you can expect the carpets to be divided in two broad categories; those made with natural wool and the others being man-made carpets.

Wool Carpets

Wool carpet are woven and made with natural fibers while synthetic or man-made carpet, generally are made of polypropylene or nylon. Quality wool carpets are more durable and can last for as long as 25 years or more while synthetic carpets can be expected to have a life of 3 to 25 years depending on the material and quality used.

Wool carpets are fire resistant and naturally stain resistant and many specific brands incorporate moth resistance in the manufacture process. 80% wool and 20% man- made is generally the most durable and would be advisedWool Carpet for heavy traffic areas at a weight of 40oz or above.


Most carpet, wool or man-made come in various weights, 30oz, 40oz and 60oz, although to see and experience the difference, you’d have to visit your local carpet shop – J A Flooring if you are in Northampton.

Wool carpets generally look and feel much more luxurious than man-made carpets. Carpet with a nylon base can be equally durable and soft but over time with normal wear and tear can flatten and matt together, looking worn out long before the carpet is at the end of it’s life.  A lot of time and effort goes in creating a single piece of wool carpet and as a result can be very expensive but last a lot longer in comparison to an equal weight polypropylene cut.

For a traditionalist, wool carpet is the only way to go. Some homes will most definitely benefit from the natural textures of a wool range and it’s up to you to decide. Wool carpets are an investment, fitted correctly these will last a long time, be easy to keep clean and look good for longer than most man made carpets. Wool carpets (80%/20%) start at £13m2 and up

Man Made Carpets

Synthetic carpets are made using man-made or artificially created fibres in the lab such as polypropylene which is also known as olefin. These synthetic fibres have some difference in texture and colour but it can be difficult to spot the same by an untrained eye. These fibres are then woven using machines and made into finished carpets. AmoMan made carpetngst the various man-made carpets, those made from nylon or its derivatives are the most durable.


There have been some innovations in synthetic fibres recently with the introduction of carpets like the iSense range made from polyamide or nylon. These carpets may come with a guarantee of as long as 20 years and are beautiful, soft and luxurious. In spite of being super soft, the iSense range of carpets retain their feel and appearance much better than those made by polypropylene fibres.
Another innovation in carpets is the Invictus range of carpets. These carpets have a wonderfully rich and elegant texture and feel with an opulent body which is created using the latest generation of olefin dyed yarns. These yarns come in stunning colours and also have good durability and stain resistance.

With the new influx of luxury man made ranges like Invictus, Cormar’s Sensations & Isense, style and luxury take priority. With stunning looks and a soft comfortable feel, man made fibres have found a home.

Many styles, updated colours and that soft luxurious feel mean that your flooring doesn’t have to be boring. With much better dyeing techniques the colour pallets available will suit any home decor as well as compliment your style. Stripes, loops, flecks and twists we have them all on display in our showroom at J A Flooring. Man made carpets start at around £6m2 and up.



Carpet Retail – Made In England

Supplying Quality Carpets

Having a great business starts with supplying quality, so one of the first ranges we had to get in our new showroom was Cormar. We’ve been buying carpets of all colours, designs, Man-made, wool and wool blends, from Cormar for the last ten years and couldn’t be happier with the quality and range.

At J A Flooring (your local carpet shop) we want to know that our customers are getting the service and products they deserve. Having a supplier that makes products in England, with a depot in Northampton gives us confidence and peace of mind that we can in turn pass on to our customers. To us this means: Short lead times. Excellent quality control. Prompt service. Quick solutions to any problems that can arise.  Confidence and peace of mind for our customers !

Cormar offer a great combination of quality, choice and value for money besides being made in the UK.



Supplying quality British carpet
British carpet suppliers

60 years of supplying quality carpet

The Company, one of the success stories of the British carpet industry. Established in the North of England in 1956 and today ranks as one of the leading British carpet manufacturers in the UK.

Throughout the last 60 years it has placed great emphasis on quality, service and reliability and continues to invest in order to maintain and improve standards. In fact, it has won over thirty carpet and flooring industry awards, including being voted Best Carpet Manufacturer 2013 by readers of Interiors Monthly.

Made in England

While most carpet sold in Britain today is imported from the continent, Cormar continues to manufacture carpet at its two mills in Lancashire. Working with other suppliers and partners to source quality raw materials and leading trade organisation.

Privately owned family business

Remaining as one of the few privately owned family carpet companies. Cormar’s primary aim is to manufacture quality carpets and provide a first class service to all its customers. Success is based on continuous improvement in machinery and systems as well as training and investment in its loyal staff.

We are part of the local economy

Most of our carpets at J A Flooring (Carpet shop in Northampton) are Made in the UK, using British material. We think it’s extremely important to promote and support British manufacturers besides all other benefits.

(Short lead times. Excellent quality control. Prompt service. Quick solutions to any problems that can arise.  Confidence and peace of mind for our customers !)


Cheap carpets – Northampton Carpet Shop

Cheap carpets

Or value for money ?

Cheap carpets
Need a new carpet ?

Well, carpet (and most flooring) once fitted is likely to cover your floor for years to come, or that’s the plan, even cheap carpets. You get what you pay for springs to mind here, but is that the case?
The main thing to distinguish between here is “cheap” and “Value for money” because if your only intention is to spend the least amount of money, then you could come unstuck and end up buying cheap and buying twice. If you have a timescale in mind for how long this carpet needs to last, then what you should be looking at is the minimum spend to achieve that goal.

Carpet prices range from £1.99m2 to 100’s of pounds, so what is the baseline for quality, value for money and longevity as well as asking questions such as, will a £1.99m2 fit my needs, ie. Will the comfort levels be high enough to please whoever is to live with it and use it on a daily basis. Does it have the correct colour pallet in that range to suit my own style. How will it deal with wear and tear throughout the timescale the floor covering is required. What are the consequences of it failing to suit the environment required, am I going to have to replace it sooner than expected?

The answers to all of these questions will all be based on your knowledge of the use of the room and the timescale it is required to be fitted, usability and it’s looks throughout the life of the carpet.

Cons of cheap carpets

What problems could I expect from a lesser quality carpet. Flattened pile, worn pile, dirty or even loss of fibre. The thickness of the overall textile, whereby the gripper rods spikes are showing through or uneven sub-floors affecting the life.

Cheap carpet often comes from cutting corners, in manufacturing and in choice of materials that make up the material. Manufacturing defects are a big sign of quality, producing mass quantities of anything can cause quality control issues and carpet is not immune from this. Line faults, rows missing or high and of course, lower. Having a cheaper production line with fewer staff and more demands on machinery can mean more defects get through.

Less haste and more care, definitely requires more man power and obviously bumps the cost up. Imagine clearing your room out, or even your whole house, only to find the carpet once rolled out is defective, imagine the hassle. You could be on a deadline, moving all of your furniture in the following day and find a row of tufts missing, now you have a dilemma. Do you cut the carpet (if you haven’t already) and void your argument for a return ?

Pros of cheap carpets

If you just need to cover the floor for the next six months, because you are renting a room before moving into your house, you may be looking for something cheap, just so you have a clean place to live and you know it doesn’t have to endure heavy traffic or wear and tear for long. This is the best scenario for buying cheap carpet. Covers the floor, adds some warmth and allows you to live, happy in the knowledge that it is clean.
You may be putting on an event over a week, a weekend or a month and you want to add some style, colour or comfort to the situation. Another great opportunity to save some money and grab a bargain.


Brings us back to, you get what you pay for. If you need to re-carpet any part of your home, the general rule of thumb is to spend as much as your budget allows and no more. Most people at every budget scale would want, the cheapest carpet, that suits their style and will last as long as possible. It’s better to have to change your flooring because you want to not because you have to!


Get sizes of the room, or rooms to be covered. Get a few quotations based on your own estimated sizes, for a range of carpets. Use this information as well as your own financials to build a budget, then concentrate on looking for the best carpet in that price range.

At J A Flooring  we think you should be looking for is the best value for your money, not just cheap carpets or low quality material/manufacturers which is exactly what our carpet shop offers.  We offer full and frank advise about purchasing good value for money carpet and flooring. We have a full range, to suit all budgets and are more than happy to walk you through the learning process required to make the best choices. Rollstock and remnants is a good place to start!

Hope this helps

Carpet fitter Northampton

Carpet fitters in Northampton

Choosing a good carpet fitter isn’t easy check our flooring contractor reviews here. Collected through FreeIndex a nationwide trade index site.

Our carpet fitting standards are high and we’ve built a business based on customer reviews and recommendations.

Although we can supply pretty much any flooring you may require, there are always fantastic deals that cannot be beaten, especially online. So you may just need a carpet fitter to provide this service and we are happy to help you out.

We take exactly the same approach to fit only work. If needed, we’ll give you the best advice, a comparison price and help to measure, as well as an opinion on quality and specifications. This ensures that you can have a bit of added confidence in your bargain.

Saving more money

We’ve worked with many of the bigger flooring shops in Northampton over the years as flooring contractors. We know that we can help you to save even more money, by supplying cheaper accessories than Carpetright, Carpets4less, SCS and many others. Talk to us about underlay, gripper and door bars!

This means that even if you take advantage of a special offer on carpets, we can still save you even more by supplying underlay, gripper, door bars and even adhesives.

It’s definitely worth taking the time to research everything required and we are here to help.

We do not charge for delivery, if we are going to collect and fit your carpet from a shop in Northampton, it’s included in the fitting price.

If you know the exact size of the carpet ordered and the room size, we can quote for fitting over the phone or by text.

We’d be happy to give you a price on underlay and gripperrods and door bars that we normally use. We are normally much cheaper than most shops for accessories. The underlay we use is either 10mm thick or 8mm and although unbranded, it’s high quality. Also if you have a brand of underlay you prefer, like “Ball & Youngs Cloud 9” just ask, we can source most brands.

J A Flooring’s  have many great reviews across the web regarding fitting work and we look forward to working with you.

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