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Behold! The Ultimate Collection of Airport Carpets, Collected by the King of Airport Carpets

Behold! The Ultimate Collection of Airport Carpets, Collected by the King of Airport Carpets
Jackie Reddy

Airport Carpets From Around the World (Photos: Carpets For Airports)

An online gallery of wall-to-wall coverings from airports around the world, Carpets for Airports gives travelers a glimpse of the beauty that’s just under their shoes.

In their haste to get off the ground, most flyers don’t take the time to appreciate the beauty that’s just beneath their feet. The efforts of one man, however, may finally get travelers to cast a more considerate eye at the carpets on which they so blithely tread.

George Pendle, the self-described CEO and summer intern at Carpets for Airports, said in an interview with CNN that his site is dedicated to appreciating “the floor beneath the sky above your feet.”

Carpets for Airports showcases the diversity of floor coverings from airports around the world. Pendle described how his fascination with flooring began back at the turn of the millennium, as he prepared to board a flight from Newark to London.

“A nervous flier, I was due to travel from Newark to London Heathrow and had ingested the usual mixture of alcohol and Xanax to help get me through the flight, ” Pendle explained. “Unfortunately my flight was delayed, so I was forced to sit in the waiting area, semi-comatose, hour after hour, unable to do anything but stare at the carpet. It was then that I was awakened to the majesty and grandeur of airport carpeting.”

As a visual design medium, Pendle believes that an airport’s carpet should be interpreted by travelers as an echo of its surroundings. For example, he describes the carpet at Singapore’s Changi Airport (SIN) as “a vertiginous monochrome wonder that seems to mimic what one would see if you fell out of a window in the city’s brightly lit Downtown Core.”

Among his favorites are the carpets at L.F. Wade International Airport (BDA) in Bermuda and Australia’s Alice Springs Airport (ASP). But Pendle, it seems, has no time for airports which have eschewed soft piles for characterless hard flooring.

“Airport carpets are so much richer to both the senses and the intellect,” he says. “Indeed, if airports can be seen as temples to travel, gateways to other worlds, then airport carpets are the vast prayer mats upon which we all genuflect. Why else, when we enter airport security, are we forced to take off our shoes?”

[Photos: Carpets for Airports]

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  1. ANC

    June 17, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    well I can tell you that ugly green ish carpet with the blue T’s and red dots is PDX. Thats the ugliest oldest carpet I cant think of. That stuff must be 30 or 40 years old

  2. kirkwoodj

    June 17, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    YES!!!!!!

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