- Mar 13, 2017
Few Las Vegas casinos are in contention for an interior design award, but they explore a particularly garish corner of American style when it comes to their carpeting. With explosions of almost psychedelic colors painting the vast majority of Vegas flooring, you have to wonder exactly what’s going on out there in the desert. Did the casinos leave their carpeting to a traveling band of hippies, or is there something else under the surface? Some say that the eyesore carpeting in Las Vegas casinos is there for a reason.
Some of the most famous casinos in Vegas are also the worst offenders when it comes to explosive carpeting. The Bellagio can make your eyes bleed under the right circumstances with its kaleidoscope carpeting. The gaming floor combines a 60s acid trip with paisley designs to bring out your inner Austin Powers. Caesar’s Palace incorporates the leaves and laurel wreaths you would expect to see in a casino patterned after ancient Rome, but they spiral out from tight twists that will leave persistent afterimages in your eyes. Only recently did the Luxor change out their fantastically vibrant Egyptian-themed carpeting for something a bit more subtle.
Why the Insanity?
To understand casino carpeting, it helps to realize that nothing about the design of those legendary gaming palaces is there by chance. The early founders of Vegas put a lot of thought into their themes, and an intervening half-century of study and statistics has only sharpened those designs. Even the music played on the floor is chosen carefully for its psychological effect. No doubt, the carpeting is chosen for a reason. But what is that reason?
One common theory is that the colorful and intricate patterns are chosen for their ability to hide stains. Even the most upscale Vegas casinos get their fair share of fights, drunks, and miscreants. If you carpeted the casino floor in bland, light colors, it wouldn’t be a year before the entire thing had to be pulled up and replaced due to all the blood and vomit. When the decorations are swirly enough, a bloodstain can assimilate into the patterns. Try it at home!
Others believe that the busy carpets go hand in hand with the frenetic music, shouting customers, and boisterous slot machines. Casinos, in other words, have a vested interest in keeping their customers uneasy. Sensory overload tends to lower human inhibition. The more management can throw you off-balance, the more likely you are to keep gambling long after it’s obvious that you should have stopped. This theory would also explain why similarly-audacious carpeting could always be found in mall arcades.
Perhaps the most viciously cynical theory, though, is that casinos use this kind of carpeting because they hope you’ll lose your chips in the patterns. Several casino insiders have noted that the nightly vacuum sweep picks up a metric ton of lost chips each and every day. That’s possibly the most devious reasoning behind the carpets, though it’s also strangely plausible. As if casinos don’t have enough of a house advantage already!
It’s Vegas, After All
In the end, we may never know for sure why the casinos along the strip choose to decorate with a blind eye to style. It may be a combination of the above theories, or it may just be that someone decided Las Vegas should be the place good taste comes to die. Whatever the truth, we’ll miss those crazy carpets if they ever disappear for good.