Want a piece of the world’s most famous airport carpet?
Now’s your chance.
The 30-year old green, blue and pink carpeting in the terminals at Portland International Airport became an iconic symbol of home celebrated on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Now, to the chagrin of hipsters in the hippest of cities, the PDX carpet is being replaced.
Souvenirs mimicking the rug’s criss-cross runway pattern exist on everything from socks, caps and water bottles to tote bags, sneakers and bike helmets.
But because there’s nothing like the real thing – and because so many PDX carpet fans and creative entrepreneurs want pieces of the real rug the airport is replacing – PDX officials decided to take applications and choose a few groups that would be awarded 1,000 square-yard carpets sections to use for creative re-purposing projects.
Four local organizations were chosen from an applicant pool of 32 and they will each get their coveted cache of carpet sometime in May.
City Liquidators plans to make welcome mats and rugs out of the portion of the PDX carpet it receives.
Carpet Mill Outlet will make large sections of its PDX carpet allotment available for installation and create bound area rugs with the rest.
The PDX Project hopes to make area rugs, door mats, sling chairs (above), and cat accessories.
And MyPDXCarpet.com , is taking pre-orders for products that include pieces of the carpet bound and unbound, coasters and sections of carpet suitable for framing.