Carpet Star Ratings Explained

Godfrey Hirst carpets have independent ratings so you can select the right carpet for your floor. It’s important to think about the level of foot traffic in your home and select a carpet with a suitable rating to match.

Selecting a suitable Godfrey Hirst carpet for your needs is easy. You can check the quality of a carpet from its Australian Carpet Classification Scheme (ACCS) rating. Just look for these yellow and blue residential (ACCS) ratings label on the back of the sample.

ACCS Ratings Labels

When shopping for carpet you can have complete confidence in ACCS ratings as the scheme is administered by the Carpet Institute of Australia and testing and classification is undertaken by independent and impartial experts.

The carpet is tested and star rated on its performance properties. Each carpet is rated according to its suitability for use in varying traffic levels in residential homes from light, medium, heavy to extra heavy duty. Carpets are rated out of 6 stars. The more stars the better quality carpet.

Residential Carpets 6 Star Classification System
Room Foot Traffic Star Rating
Bedroom with light traffic flow Residential Light Duty 1
Living room or entertainment area with light to medium traffic flow Residential Medium Duty 2
A hallway or entertainment area with
heavy traffic flow
Residential Heavy Duty 3 or 4
Areas with extra heavy traffic flow Residential Extra Heavy Duty 5 or 6

The ratings table is an indication of the minimum quality of carpet required for an area. However more stars indicate a carpet will perform better and keep its appearance longer. You should seek to buy the highest quality carpet you can afford so that you can enjoy your carpet for as long as possible.

Each carpet is also tested as to its suitability for stairs. As carpet installed on stairs is subject to very concentrated wear, suitability for stairs requires a minimum residential rating of heavy duty (3*) rating identified on the label by the stair icon.

Environmental Certification Scheme

For ACCS environmental certification, a carpet must meet stringent environmental performance standards and tested for its volatile organic compound emissions, noise reduction and thermal insulation properties. The ECS has 4 certification levels, ECS Level 4 certified carpet being the highest environmentally performing.

The carpet manufacturer must also comply with an Environmental code of Practice relating to good environmental practice in manufacturing.

Be sure to ask your retailer about the ACCS certification for the carpet you are buying. For more information visit