Cut pile carpets include loops of fibers that have been cut. The fibers are single strands with definite ends that can be squashed in different directions based on weight when walked on. Cut pile carpeting is luxurious and works very well if you want a carpet for its appearance and feel rather than its utility.
Textured carpets are also cut pile carpets, but they have tightly twisted fibers that provide a layered appearance. They also have a multicolored appearance, which can hide slight amounts of dirt or small stains. This carpet works best in areas that are not in constant use but can benefit from stain-hiding qualities, such as dining rooms. Textured carpets with the strongest materials are considered best.
Loop pile carpet is made of dense fiber loops sewn into a strong base, but these loops are continuous, unlike cut pile carpets. The result is a flatter, smoother-looking carpet that cannot be damaged as easily as other carpet types. Loop pile carpet works best in entryways and living rooms, where the carpet is used often and needs to last a long time.
Carpet tiles are squares of carpet, typically about 18 inches, that you can install like other types of tile across a floor. While their installation requires more work than other carpet installation, they works best if you want a special look for your carpet or want to experiment with alternating different carpet colors, creating patterns or a border to separate your carpeted areas from other flooring types.