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Out With The Old, In With The New PDX Carpet


Though we’ve been preparing, the day we’ve been dreading is coming: The Port of Portland announced that crews will start replacing all 13 acres of beloved Portland International Airport carpet early this year.

Port of Portland will start to tear out the old PDX carpet at the end of January.

Port of Portland will start to tear out the old PDX carpet at the end of January.

Courtesy of Port of Portland

The nearly 30-year-old carpet is an abstract rendering of what an air traffic controller can see from the PDX tower at night. The new carpet represents shapes found around the airport, such as airplane wings, runways, leaves, hiking trails and waterways. But to the untrained, out-of-towner eye, the two look very similar.

I've stopped to snap a photo when coming back to Portland too.

I've stopped to snap a photo when coming back to Portland too.

Lizzy Duffy/OPB

The announcement of PDX carpet’s nearing end in 2013 prompted a social media wave to commemorate it (not to mention all the things you can now buy with the PDX design). Walking through the terminal, you’re likely to run into a number of engrossed travelers who are taking photos of their feet on the floor’s fading design.

Someone even made a PDX Carpet Instagram account that reposts people’s photos and frequently likes photos under the hashtag #PDXcarpet.

Port of Portland is still trying to figure out what to do with the old carpet once it’s out of the airport. A majority of it will need to be recycled, but there’s a chance that you could buy a slice of the country’s most social flooring for yourself.

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