Fans who want a piece of the former PDX carpet will be able to buy it soon – in a variety of forms.
Some wacky ideas have been proposed for the future use of the carpet. The four chosen companies will be given 1,000 square feet each of the carpet free of charge, likely in May, by the Port of Portland
Design firm Two Dogs in a Boat hopes to design a PDX carpet shoe. At the height of the internet enthusiasm, the carpet had already inspired apparel but nothing has been made with pieces of the real carpet.
The firm also proposed a chair and indoor cat shelter made from the carpet.
Nagl Floor Company suggested Oregon-shaped keychains, luggage tags, door mats and wall art. Some of these ideas might not be possible depending on the carpet’s condition.
City Liquidators and Carpet Mill Outlet were other winning bidders.
While some of the business want to create products with the carpet to be sold to the public, others desire to “create artistic avenues for the public to experience the carpet,” the port said.
The port chose the four winning bids from 32 bids from organizations and businesses. Organizations were chosen if they “had a proven track record of handling carpet … and distributing it widely,” port Spokeswoman Kama Simonds said.
Crews continue to remove sections of the carpet during overnight hours. 13 acres have been replaced so far.
The vendors of the new products using the old carpet are:
823 S.E. 3rd Ave., Portland, OR 97214
Mill End Store, 2000 S.E. Milport Road, Portland, OR 97222
21717 Hwy 99E, Aurora, OR 97002
1210 S.E. Gideon St., Portland, OR 97202