Seams will not be invisible!

A slightly visible carpet seam. Some carpet samples have a notation on them that states "less visible seam". It is very important that you understand this doesn't mean invisible. An article of clothing, the fabric on your sofa, the wall paper in your home, the wood on your desk, or a vinyl floor; all show seams and carpet is no different.

Different carpets seam differently

A slightly visible carpet seam. Choice of carpet plays a big role in how visible seams will be. Berbers are the most difficult, but this does not mean you should not invest in a Berber carpet. It only means that you should have realistic expectations. Shags and twists are the easiest to seam because their tall loose pile blends well. Plush carpets are in between.

The "invisible" seam

An invisible seam. The "invisible" seam. The picture can show you better than we can describe it. A combination of plush pile, color, and lighting contributed to this result. We can not guarantee that all carpets, colors, or your lighting will be the same.

Acceptable Seams

Acceptable Seam. The term "Acceptable seam" does not mean invisible seam. The very definition of seam is "a line formed by the joining together of two pieces of material at their edges". The key word there is LINE. Seams are visible, especially when you know where they are.

A seam should have the carpet backings flush to each other, without gaps, and without overlaps. Berber carpets should be cut lengthwise along the bias. Cross seams on berbers should be avoided, if reasonable. If an installer has addressed these concerns, then that is the best seam that can be made.

Acceptable Seam.

Unacceptable Seams

An unacceptable seam. Unacceptable seams are those which are not flush with each other, or there is a gap between the carpets. The same goes for seams which overlap. We can repair the seam when this occurs. Replacing the carpet is not an option when repairs can be made.

Seam Peaking

Seam peaking occurs, on occasion, when the seam is set and then stretching is done to complete the installation. Seam tape used to create the seam and it has a thickness to it (although very little). Seam placement and lighting will determine how noticeable the seam will become. When the carpet is stretched, the carpet is pulled where the edges of the tape is attached to the carpet, the carpet lifts where the two pieces meet creating the peak. Seam peaking can usually be minimized and replacement can not possibly address this non-workmanship issue. This is more predominant in light colored carpets.

Learn more about carpet seam peaking.

Pattern Match is not Exact

Patterned seam. Pattern match is not exact. Our installers are very skilled in giving you the best pattern match possible. Sometimes where the pattern meets perfectly in one area, a short distance away the pattern is a little off. While this can happen, our installers will do their best to minimize this.

Side Match

In rare circumstances side match problems can occur. Fill pieces often come from the end of the roll and sometimes the color of the carpet grows lighter or darker from one end of the roll to the other. When the installer brings these two pieces together for seaming they appear to be slightly different colors. When this happens, the only option is replacement. Replacement can take some time because the mill will inspect the carpet and new carpet needs to be ordered. Most major mills have invested heavily in new dyeing equipment so the likelihood of this happening is now "rare".


Seams are not invisible. But they should not be feared. Almost everything has visible seams, and carpet is no exception. Have questions? Don't hesitate to call us!