The Earth spins. Its landmasses dotted with red. Each dot represents an airport, each airport with its own, unique carpet pattern, and behind each pattern is a story. Usually a story that's juuuust dumb enough to not be mistaken for truth. Clicking the "About" section on most sites brings up a kind of mission statement, a short summation of what the site is. On Carpets For Airports, you get what appears to be the egomaniacal declarations of a god who has a deep appreciation for carpets.
Ever since the dawn of time man has separated himself from the lifeless earth beneath him with carpets. Nowhere has this renunciation of man's transience been more joyous or uplifting than in the medium of airport carpets.
Entries on the site range from the absurd -- like this opening line from the entry on the carpet from St. John's International Airport in Newfoundland, Canada: "The first line of Canadian defense against attack from the Atlantic, YYT has for many years been a carpet that takes no prisoners" -- to the even more absurd, like the entry for Xi'an Xianyang International Airport in China:
The site is utterly useless and covers a subject no one has ever cared about, which is why I needed, with every carpet fiber of my being, to find the name of the genius behind it. So I did some digging, and by that I mean I clicked one of the first links on a single Google search. While I'm still not sure who created the site, I know who helped aggregate some of the site's lush, exhilarating photos of airport carpets. Let's take a closer look at the name of the person credited on the picture of the carpet from Edinburgh Airport:
Hugh Dancy, as in the guy who plays Will Graham on Hannibal.
According to The Daily Dot, Hugh's friends created the site, and Hugh helps them out by snapping truly enthralling photos of the many airport carpets that grace the bottom of his feet in his travels. Hugh's dedication to cataloging the world's airport carpets led to him being thrown out of an airport lounge in Boston back in 2009 after a security guard allegedly interpreted Hugh's obsessive photographing of the lounge's carpet as a terrorist activity.
Cataloging airport carpets for the purposes of creating an entirely pointless online carpet database is a dangerous game.
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