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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 is desire to transform something quite ordinary in to an extra ordinary aesthetic experience.

By utilising aerial photographs of Sacramento, Alavi processed the images in a format appropriate for Ulster’s design team who, in turn, were in a position to translate the image into a format for woven axminster carpet.

Sacramento Airport was a project only realisable through Ulster’s unique patented PSYLO axminster weaving technology. PSYLO’s capacity to offer total design freedom and an unsurpassed colour bank option provided Sayed Alavi with the opportunity to fulfil his design brief. In addition to recalling the experience of flight and flying, this piece, by depicting the larger geographical area, also helps reinforce a sense of belonging and/or connection for the traveller. In this way Sayed Alavi ensured that Ulster’s carpet can also be read and experienced as a ‘welcome’ for visitor arriving in Sacramento.