Portland International Airport (PDX) warmed the hearts of airport carpet fans everywhere with its Valentine’s Day announcement promising the return of the iconic PDX carpet to a few spots in the new main terminal.
The teal, purple and pink design, which is said to represent the pattern of the airport’s north and south runways, had been in the airport since 1988. And many travelers had come to love it. Or at least to associate it with leaving and coming home.
And when social media became a thing, people started taking photos of their feet on the carpet and sharing the photos around.
After 30 years underfoot, though, the carpet needed replacement. And to the dismay of all the fans of the old PDX carpet, in 2015 PDX officials took out 13 acres of the old carpet and replaced it with this new carpet pattern.
People still miss and love the old carpet design, which can be found on socks, t-shirts, and other merchandise. And, for now, in one spot inside the Tender Loving Empire shop in Concourse E, near Gate E5.
So as a gift to the fans of the old PDX Carpet, when the new main terminal opens in 2024 several areas in the pre-security area will sport newly woven carpet with the old, iconic design.
You can read the story we wrote about the carpet comeback for The Points Guy site. But we want to also celebrate and remember cool carpets at other airports around the country. Most should still be underfoot. But keep in mind that many have been doing renovations and updates during the pandemic and may have new patterns now.
If we missed your airport, or if your airport has a new pattern, please let us know and we’ll add/update.
Ocean-inspired carpeting at Orlando International Airport – MCO
Guitar impressions at Nashville International Airport (BNA)
Airplanes in the carpeting at Phoenix Sky Harbor Int’l Airport (now blue)
Aerial view of the Sacramento Delta in the carpet at Sacramento International Airport (SMF).