A straight Saxony carpet has all its fibres going in the same direction so that the colour looks uniform. This style is also sometimes called a ‘velvet’ saxony, because it has a similar appearance to velvet. If you brush your hand across the surface, you will see the difference in colour where the disturbed fibres have moved in the opposite direction. This style of carpet is beautiful and luxurious, but will show every footprint and every vacuum stroke, so it is not the choice for a room which is frequently used.
A more recently popular style the textured Saxony carpet, which is a trackless one. This style has the same general characteristics as a straight Saxony, but the key difference is that the fibres are twisted in different directions. Because of this, they reflect the light differently, which means that when you brush your hand across the surface, you don’t notice much of a difference in colour. Therefore, textured saxonies can help to mask footprints and vacuum marks, which makes them a popular choice for busy households.