Scottish Plaid carpet in five colors from Shaw

scottish plaid carpetThere are days (well, basically Every day) that I absolutely REVEL in going against the grain. Whatever the trend pundits say is “in”, I want to say is stupid. I can go overboard. Even so, can you imagine the gasps of horror that will be emitted from the throats of design fascionistas when they see me featuring — recommending — nylon carpet in this oh-so classic Scottish Plaid design?

green scottish plaid carpet from shawPerfect carpet for a retro knotty pine porch
I swear I had this in the first house I ever bought. I bought a 1939 mid century modest bungalow slash colonial in Grosse Pointe Farms in about 1987. It was 1,100 s.f., one bath, two bedrooms, and out back was what, in Michigan, they call a Florida room. An unheated porch – with real half-walls and windows all around, looking out on the back yard. The whole room was covered in knotty pine, ceiling included. It was a fantastic space — so pleasant and comfortable. I would sleep out there in the summer, too. No air conditioning, so in essence I think this space also was conceived as a sleeping porch — it was accessible via the largest bedroom. I need to write about this house some more some time… now that I think about it, it most certainly influenced my love of mid century modest homes.

betty drapers knotty pine kitchenThis Scottish Plaid nylon carpet from Shaw comes in five colorways. I’m biased toward the blue or the green if you’re working with knotty pine. These are good offsets to the red/orange typically found in the knotty pine. Remember my post about how to recreate Betty Draper’s knotty pine kitchen? Same idea with the colorways there…note her plaid wallpaper! Knotty pine and plaid are retro birds of a feather.

This carpet also is great in that it comes in 12′ widths. This means that in any room 12′ wide or deep or less, you will not have to do any seam matching. In addition, it is commercial carpet. This stuff is gonna last a long long time, I think. The price listed at writing is $4/s.f., retail. I know, even from quick online searching, that you can get a significantly better price than that, in today’s economy. This is a cheap and cheerful retro solution.

Link: Shaw Carpets – Scottish Plaid nylon carpet.

  1. Lesli Douglass says:

    Help! The link does not work anymore. Searching Shaw and cannot find any plaid carpet…. I neeeeed to find some plaid carpet.

  2. Zoocrewmom says:

    Oooohhh – I have plans to get the carpet off my stairs, but I have two little boys and a dog, so I want a runner. Now I want a plaid runner!

  3. Nina462 says:

    Thanks for this link. I have an ugly red berber in the knotty pine rec room, & this would be a nice change.

  4. Gavin Hastings says:

    We see workspaces like the one pictured everyday
    Could someone please ask the Boss for a substantial 30″ lamp that will make a statement and bring focus the reception area?

    Big lamps = endangered species.

  5. 50sgal says:

    I love plaid carpeting in an “Early American” mid-century room with plaid wallpaper, you could really go ‘English’. I find a bit of humor and to be more relaxed with one’s idea’s of design makes a happier home. Any home that looks like a ‘showroom’ in my opinion, is more tacky than a heartfelt commitment to what one loves.
    An old English Country house, which has been lived in for centuries, is a great example of mixed styles, comfort and not ‘overly decorated’.
    So, I say, bring on the plaid!

  6. Robert says:

    I seriously love this carpet.
    (But I sigh when I look down at the brown and grey blob pattern that’s on my floor at the moment….)

  7. monogirl says:

    I am a fan of all things plaid, but I had no idea there was plaid carpet! If only I was a homeowner. But perhaps there’s a way to make a throw rug…hmmm. Thanks for the tip.

    1. Janine says:

      Hi, i just wanted to say you could make a throw rug out of it. Just buy the size you need, (it will probably have to be cut to size). A good carpet store will know someone who could bind it for it for you. I have done this myself with other pattern carpet. I still use the rugs, and that was probably twenty years ago. Nylon carpet lasts forever.

  8. Amy Hill says:

    You know, If I end up here in my old age, I think I will get the whole house carpeted. It would be much warmer on the feet.

    1. Robert says:

      Just pair it with the Persian tile from the previous post and you can go from ethnically biased to multicultural splendour. 😉

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