Smartstrand or Anso???
Hi - Recarpeting an entire upstairs with stairs, family room, living room, and den. Stains are less of my concern because we generally don't eat in these rooms as carpet durability is. Have 3 kids. Have been given quotes for a lower end Karastan Smartstrand (Artful Inspiration) for around $7000, a higher end Karastan Smartstrand (Rimini) for $9000, and an Anso Nylon (Caress) for $8000. This includes all padding, installation, carpet removal for around 2000-2500 sq. feet.
I like the softness of the Karastan, but given that some say it is a subclass of polyester, I wonder if anyone can give me insight into how durable it has been for them. I know it has only been out for 7 years or so. Anyone have good or bad experiences with Anso Nylon carpets as well?
A previous forum was commenting more on staining, but I am more interested in how these will withstand wear and tear.