Do You Recognize This (In)Famous Airport Carpet?

Do You Recognize This (In)Famous Airport Carpet?

Jennifer Hunter
Mar 25, 2015
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It's the print that spawned a thousand foot selfies. The teal, geometric carpet that has graced the hallowed halls of the Portland International Airport since the 80s (probably) has long been the backdrop of a well-loved Portland tradition: take a photo of your feet while about to fly.

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(Image credit: Port of Portland)

Now, as purveyors of all things ironic, Portlander's feel pretty strongly about this carpet. There's even a whole market for merchandise featuring the loud print.

Behold: matching socks!

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Other assorted PDX merch including a PDX-inspired Rogue brew. Solid.

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Now, for the sad news: a month ago, PDX went ahead with their six-year-old plan to replace the carpet with a newer (and shockingly similar) version. Here it is:

But never fear. Enterprising business that they are, PDX management has made the old, retired carpet (which they no doubt have miles of) available at select retailers. It's up to each one how they will sell or alter their quota of PDX carpet, but if you're interested in getting your hands on some of it, click here.

Hear way more about this at the fantastic 99% Invisible.

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