Portland International Airport’s carpeting is 25 years old, and for many people, it falls into that category of “it’s so bad that it’s good.” The geometric patterning of mostly blue and green was installed in the airport’s 14 acres of floor space in 1987. And with the appeal of a cult classic, the carpet has become beloved to many a traveler and Portland native.
The vintage carpet design has spawned a cottage industry as a result of the public’s unlikely love affair with the pattern. Companies such as PDX Carpet, Made in Oregon, Keen Footwear, and Namu Designs have all embraced the design in wares including t-shirts, footwear, tote bags, bike helmets, and other merchandise.
And yet, all good things must come to an end. The carpet is due to be replaced in November of 2015.