The Casino Carpets of Las Vegas

Travel Blog  •  Michael Yessis  •  03.29.10 | 11:07 AM ET

This slideshow will wake you up on a Monday morning. Chris Maluszynski’s photos are the subject of a New Yorker Talk of the Town piece, which probes why Las Vegas casino carpets are so gaudy.

Theories abound about why casino carpets look the way they do. The camouflaging argument makes sense—the more curlicues, the less noticeable the dirt and Coke and vomit. But Christine B. Whittemore, who runs a blog called Carpetology, believes that the carpets’ primary function is psychological. “A lot of the busyness of the patterns may be about keeping people active, as too much relaxing may not inspire gambling,” she said. “You also have to be careful not to use the same pattern on stairs as you do on flat surfaces, because of how the brain processes depth.” Recently, Whittemore took a tour of Steve Wynn’s new Encore hotel. She recalled, “There’s some carpet in this delightful little café-bar area, and what comes to mind is Marc Chagall—the idea was the butterfly, the metamorphosis, the dream.” The butterflies flutter over a scarlet grid. Whittemore went on, “The head designer explained that red is a good-luck color in many Asian cultures.”

David G. Schwartz has more on the subject, and more photos.



6 Comments for The Casino Carpets of Las Vegas

CB Whittemore 04.01.10 | 6:21 PM ET

It’s a fun subject, isn’t it? I really enjoyed speaking to Lauren Collins about Casino Carpets.  Thanks for helping spread the word.

Las Vegas Tours 04.14.10 | 5:33 AM ET

The art of flooring is awesome, a unique creation of the designers for the carpet look.

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Online Slots 05.11.10 | 12:57 PM ET

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There’s some carpet in this delightful little café-bar area, and what comes to mind is Marc Chagall—the idea was the butterfly, the metamorphosis, the dream

Poker Games 05.11.10 | 1:02 PM ET

Yeah i totally agreed with “Las Vegas Tours” . Las vegas carpet having a wonderful and unique art work over there carpert .

AJ 05.27.10 | 3:32 PM ET

Cheap Trick is coming back to Vegas!  I saw them perform Sgt. Pepper Live at the Hollywood Bowl.  Also, at the Las Vegas Hilton.  Now their coming back for another visit at the Paris Las Vegas, in June.  I cannot wait.  Truly, a once in a lifetime event!

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