George Pendle began his website, http://www.carpetsforairports.com, in late 2009 and, so far, has amassed photos and critiques of flooring at about 120 airports worldwide. In his own words, he reviews each carpet, raving about some — including the flooring in Los Angeles ( LAX) and Bermuda (BDA) — and ranting about others such as in Cairo (CAI) and Osh, Kyrgyzstan (OSS).
LAX: "A serene storm of blues, it entices the weary traveler to look deep into its loom, to lose oneself within the weft and warp until he or she realizes — too late — that their gate has closed and they've missed their flight."
Bermuda: "Both comforts and interrogates the identity of the weary traveler. Its contoured contusions ruthlessly challenge the status quo. Yet its tropical flourishes and use of cerulean blue also seem to embrace it."
Cairo: "Some of the greatest wonders of the world can be found in Cairo … yet such epic pieces of architecture cannot help but be lessened by the appalling flooring of CAI, an amalgam of terrazzos that makes one think less of mankind's eternal achievements than of his enduring bad taste."
Kyrgyzstan: "[An] unwelcoming terrazzo. It is a shame that Kyrgyzstan's second city has not looked to its heritage as the central hub of the Silk Road and carpeted its airport in a thick damask weave."
—Jay JonesCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun