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Tackless Strip

A strip made of wood or metal used for stretch-in carpet installation. Tackless strips contain 2-3 rows of pins and are fixed firmly to the floor close to the walls, with the pins angled toward the walls. The carpet is then stretched and secured on top.

Textured

A type of carpet with a two-toned appearance made from cut piles with alternating twists.

Transition

A term used to describe the place where two different flooring surfaces meet. A molding is often used to cover this transitional area.

Tuft

Loops or cut loops of yarn that form the surface layer of carpeting.

Tuft Bind

The force that it takes to pull a tuft away from the carpet backing.

Tufted

Carpet created by weaving loops or cut loops of yarn onto a primary backing.

Tufting

A process where tufts, or clumps of yarn are grouped together on carpet-backing. The result is a surface consisting of looped and/or cut ends.

Twist

The winding of each individual tuft. Generally, the tighter the tuft is twisted, the more durable the carpet.

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