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TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Crews of 4M Flooring of Portland began ripping out sections of Portland International Airport's carpet in late January as part of a $13 million replacement project. Four vendors have been chosen to sell sections of the old carpet that has developed a following on social media.Want a piece of Portland International Airport’s history that you can walk all over? The Port of Portland has chosen four companies to sell sections of the 28-year-old popular carpet that is being replaced.


The companies will sell pieces of the carpet that became a social media phenomenon and inspired dozens of lookalike products, like T-shirts, key chains, baby clothing, pillows, smartphone covers, ties and even beer labels.

Companies chosen to sell the carpet are:

City Liquidators, 823 S.E. Third Ave., 503-238-4477, www.cityliquidators.com.

Carpet Mill Outlet Mill End Store, 2000 S.E. Milport Road, 503-786-9441, www.carpetmill-portland.com.

Nagl Floor Covering, 21717 Highway 99E in Aurora, 503-272-1258, www.mypdxcarpet.com.

Two Dogs in a Boat, 1210 S.E. Gideon St., 503-894-5332, www.thepdxproject.org.

Part of PDX improvements

On Jan. 23, crews with Portland’s 4M Flooring began ripping up nearly 13 acres of the teal and blue carpet as part of a $13 million replacement project. The carpet installed in 1987 became a travelers’ favorite, inspiring online photos of feet on the pattern and a string of products.

Replacing the old carpet is just the first step in a collection of projects known as PDXNext. The nearly $190 million in improvements planned for the airport between 2015 and 2017 include 11 new shops and restaurants opening by April; remodeling of the federal inspection station to improve service to international passengers; relocating and expanding security checkpoints and developing new waiting areas; and extending Concourse E with construction beginning this fall.

Last year, a record 15.9 million passengers passed through PDX. In October, the airport celebrates its 75th anniversary.

The carpet replacement project was designed and created with the help of Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects of Portland; Hennebery Eddy Architects Inc. of Portland; Emerick Construction Co. of Happy Valley; Rubenstein’s of Portland; 4M Flooring of Portland; and J+J Flooring Solutions of Dalton, Ga., which fabricated the new carpet.

Artistic items?

Port officials selected the four vendors from 32 who wanted to sell pieces of the old carpet. Each of vendors will get 1,000 square yards of carpet in May to sell or provide to the community.

Some of the vendors will use the carpet to make floor mats, coasters and wall hangings. Some will create artistic avenues for the public to experience the carpet, according to port officials.

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