Choosing your carpet
Carpet grading - Australian Carpet Classification Scheme (ACCS)
For peace of mind, look for carpets that have been graded by the Australian Carpet Classification Scheme (ACCS). Carpets are classified under the ACCS labelling system according to their durability and appearance retention. Carpets graded by the ACCS carry distinctive labels featuring a star system that provides guidance on the likely appearance retention and performance properties of the carpet.
The more stars the better the carpet’s durability and appearance retention properties.
All ACCS graded carpets carry a minimum two-year performance warranty, supported by the manufacturer or supplier.
The yellow and blue labels identify carpets that have been graded for residential use. Residential ratings can have a maximum of six stars.
The Star system of rating allows you to quickly decide which carpet is suitable for your needs.
The gold and black labels identify carpets graded for contract or commercial use. Contract ratings can have a maximum of four stars.
Some carpets will carry both Residential and Contract gradings.
Be sure to look for the numbered ACCS label – these carpets have been tested by NATA accredited laboratories and assessed by the ACCS Panel of carpet experts. Beware of untested claims of carpet’s suitability for different uses.
The following is a list of companies who have ACCS graded carpets:
ACCS graded carpets
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- Beaulieu of Australia
- Belgotex Floorcoverings P/L
- Cavalier Bremworth Limited
- Chaparral Carpet Mills
- Feltex Carpet ; includes Invicta, Minster, and Redbook
- Gibbon Group P/L
- Godfrey Hirst Australia; includes Hycraft Carpets International
- Independent Carpet Retailers
- Norman Ellison Carpets
- Northstate Carpet Mills
- Ontera Modular Carpets
- Quest Carpet Manufacturers
- Tarkett Australia
- Tuftmaster Carpets
- Victoria Carpets
- Westwools Carpets
It’s a carpet grading scheme covering all types of carpet. The ACCS grading scheme covers carpets made from all the major fibres including wool, nylon and polypropylene. It covers broadloom and carpet tiles.
Tip: Wool carpets may also have a Woolmark or a Fernmark label. These grading schemes are run by the Woolmark Company and Wools of New Zealand respectively. The gradings of each scheme are equivalent.