Carpet is warm and comfy underfoot, and it gives a room a homey look. With so many fibers, styles, and colors, you're sure to find carpeting that fits your lifestyle and home decor. Bob's Carpet Mart is a family-owned carpet flooring retailer in Tampa Bay, Florida, that offers personalized service. We can answer your questions about different types and brands of carpeting as well as other floor coverings.


Nylon is the most versatile and popular carpet fiber. It is strong so it stands up well to abrasion. It is also resilient. In other words, it can retain its original appearance after much use. Most new carpeting made with this synthetic fiber has had a stain-resistant treatment applied to it. Triexta is one of the newest carpeting materials. It won't absorb water, and it offers inherent stain protection. Additional fibers are available:

  • Olefin - fade, and water-resistant; ideal for basements
  • Acrylic - imitates the look and feel of wool; resistant to mold and mildew
  • Polyester - naturally stain and fade resistant; hydrophobic fiber that repels liquid
  • Wool - a natural fiber that is dense and soft; hides dirt better than synthetic fibers

Pile height is the thickness of a carpet measured from its surface to its backing. Pile also refers to the density of fibers. 'Flat' describes a short pile while 'shaggy' describes a long pile. Pile heights vary from less than 1/4″ to 3/4″, and some shags are even longer. In general, shorter pile carpets will last a little longer than longer piles. It's important to remember that some high-quality carpet is thin. Therefore, a thick pile is not always better.

Bob’s Carpet Mart is a carpet flooring store that has been providing quality flooring to the folks in the Tampa Bay area since 1969. It’s easy to drop by and chat with our knowledgeable staff. We have showrooms in 16 locations as well as a mobile showroom. A sales consultant will come to your home with personally selected samples that you can place next to furniture, walls, and room decor. You can use the online form to schedule an appointment.