Shaw Essential Twist carpet is a beautiful, plush carpet that warms up any room in the house. It's made of highly durable nylon twisted fibers with a soft covered backing.
We bought this carpet at an outlet store in a discontinued color for less than half the usual retail price. We have it in heavy traffic areas and on stairs. We also have a dog. We chose this carpet because of its resistance to wear. The Shaw website states that this carpet received a 4 out of 5 on the Hexapod scale, which means it retains its appearance well after repeated, simulated foot traffic tests.
The Shaw Essential Twist carpet is like a short shag, so there is a variegated appearance to it that helps hide traffic patterns. It can get flattened on stairs or in front of chairs where you repeatedly rest your feet. It's best to vacuum regularly with a good vacuum, which will pick those areas right back up again. Every time I vacuum, I'm pleased that the rug looks like new again. Our installer recommended getting this carpet professionally cleaned once a year, and that it should easily last 10 years. Shaw does provide a limited 10 year warranty on texture, quality, and the carpet backing.
If you have pets, the best advice is to keep their nails trimmed short. Our dog has no problems on a daily basis, and only hooked her nail once when running through the house. If you have active pets that tear around the house after their toys, their nails might catch in the longer fibers of this carpet.
So far we've been very pleased with the carpet. Shaw has 105 colors to choose from, and this warm tone (there are several comparable ones on the Shaw website) changed the whole look of our rooms for the better. The carpet is soft underfoot, and the deep color and texture help to hide any spots or imperfections. I definitely would recommend the Shaw Essential Twist carpet.
More info available at the Shaw website.