The PDX carpet will live on: The Port of Portland selected four companies to haul away salvageable pieces of the old Portland International Airport carpet.
Portland-based businesses City Liquidators, Carpet Mill Outlet and Two Dogs in a Boat, plus Aurora-based Nagl Floor Covering will each receive 1,000 square feet of the iconic carpet to sell or provide to the community in some way. The carpet will be reincarnated into floor mats, coasters, wall art and ” some will create artistic avenues for the public to experience the carpet,” according to a Port of Portland press release.
You’ll be able to get your own PDX carpet square sometime in May.
The port will recycle a majority of the nearly 30-year-old carpet because it’s worse for wear. Since its replacement was announced in 2013, the PDX carpet has become a social media phenomenon that’s been featured on local and national media.
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.
The port expects workers to be busy installing the new carpet through November. A majority of the remodel will happen at night so it doesn’t disrupt travelers.