Most clients haven’t heard of a carpet line, streak or band. Carpet inspectors use a range of industry-specific vocabulary that helps them describe and document issues they discover with regards to carpet installation and manufacturing. Among these specialty terms are line, streak and band.
Line: Also called a stripe, a line forms when a tufted row that creates a band on the carpet. They can develop when the yarn in a row loses its twist, or from fold marks, double cuts, creases or corn rowing.
Streak: This narrow and long variation of carpet color runs lengthwise. Usually, improperly applied dye results in streaks. Sometimes, mixing yarn lots may also cause it.
Band: When differentiated zones are running across the weft direction, this is a band. Banding forms from continuous dye systems tufting, improper tension, or uncut yarn.
No matter what the cause, carpet inspectors must familiarize themselves with the characteristics of each problem. this way, they can recognize them when they are encountered on a job. Knowing about what causes a line, streak and band helps them give clients a correct diagnosis.