Each style has a high or low pile. You need to be familiar with pile because style often depends on it.
Rugs like the shag and frieze, with long, loose fibers, are considered high pile. The Berber style or any cut and loop style is considered low.
Low pile rugs are generally easier to clean, but it comes down to the priorities of the space. For instance, a high pile carpet might be great for the bedroom, but not for the stairs where it can't wrap safely around railings and provide a solid foundation for the foot.
By the way, there are some rugs, like the Saxony, that fall somewhere in the middle of the high-low carpet pile.
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