A side match is a color difference at the carpet's seam and it could be created from five different sources:
1. A TRUE HUE DIFFERENCE IN THE PANELS - This problem can exist either from ordering carpet from more than one roll and/or dye lot or from a problem inherent in manufacturing.
2. A REVERSAL IN THE DIRECTION THE CARPET WAS LAID: This kind of side match will change from dark to light and light to dark depending upon what direction it is viewed from. Additional confirmation can be made from looking at the 'ribs' and 'ribbons' in the secondary backing. The carpet in this case will be either quarter or semi-turned. According to the CARPET & RUG INSTITUTE 7.5 Seam Locations - The customer should be shown the proposed layout, which contains all of the seams. The locations of the seams should be explained and an agreement obtained before any work starts. If a piece of carpet is to be given a quarter turn, the customer should be informed and a written agreement obtained.
A seam is located in the lower third of this shot and the panel of carpet in the lower half has a tighter weave than the top half. Thus a side match was created from texture variations.
Above is a side match created by a pile height difference between the sculptured and non-textured portion. This problem could be fixed by shearing the carpet.
4. A PEAKED SEAM NEAR A NATURAL LIGHT SOURCE: All carpet seams are peaked and when seams run close to natural light sources such as sliding-glass-doors, the carpet will normally appear darker on the far side of the light source. According to the CARPET & RUG INSTITUTE: "Seams . . . be sure there is agreement between you and the customer as to the locations of all seams that may be required. before the job starts. Usually, seams are best laid toward the primary natural light source. Visibility of the seams will vary with the type of carpet purchased. Carpet seams cannot be guaranteed to be invisible.", CRI105, Carpet Installation Guidelines.
5. A PILE DIRECTION VARIANCE ON ONE OR BOTH PANELS - This problem is referred to as shading and although it could be inherent in manufacturing, according to the CARPET AND RUG Institute's CLAIMS MANUAL, it says this about shading. "8. Pile crushing, pile shading, and soiling are not manufacturing defects and will not be considered as a basis for claims. Claims for fuzzing and pilling will be subjected to examination and testing by the manufacturer. Claims for missing tufts will not be considered except on a basis of repair. No claims will be honored for carpet installed on stairs, in elevators and in bathrooms. The mill reserves the right to correct any repairable manufacturing defect. (See Glossary for definition of terms)."
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