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Sacramento Airport, California

Design Firm

  • Sayed Alavi


Russ Bryant

The Story

Sayed Alavi, a reputed artist, collaborated with Ulster Carpets in pursuit of his desire to transform something quite ordinary in to an extraordinary aesthetic experience.

By utilising aerial photographs of Sacramento, Alavi processed the images in a format appropriate for Ulster’s design team to translate them into a format suitable for woven Axminster carpet.

Sacramento Airport was a project only realisable through Ulster’s unique patented PSYLO™ Axminster weaving technology. The capacity of this world-leading technology to offer total design freedom and an unsurpassed colour bank option provided Sayed Alavi with the opportunity to fulfill his design brief to the full.

In addition to recalling the experience of flight and flying, this flooring artwork, by depicting the larger geographical area, also helps reinforce a sense of belonging and/or connection for the traveler. In this way Sayed Alavi ensured that Ulster’s carpet can also be read and experienced as a ‘welcome’ for visitor arriving in Sacramento.