Wall-to-wall shag carpeting — like Sarah used in the living room of her round house — was hugely popular during the 1960s and 1970s. In the height this decorating trend, shag carpeting could easily be found in a variety of bright colors. Today, however, due in great part to the color-averse mainstream, finding bold colors of shag carpeting isn’t easy. That’s why we were thrilled when Sarah told us her source, Shaw Carpet’s Disney Magic Shag line. UPDATE 2020: This product line no longer available. Alternative source for colorful wall-to-wall shag carpet: Kane’s Shagtacular collection. Above: The photo from our exclusive interview with Emily Morrow, head of design for Shaw, on the history of wall-to-wall carpet.
The Magic Shag — great name!!!! — line is available in 31 different colors — including magic pumpkin — the orange that Sarah used in her living room. The line was conceived with children’s spaces in mind, but many colors in the collection would also work wonderfully in a retro mod living room, bedroom or rec room.
Upon first seeing that hot pink shag, my dream of recreating the time capsule living room in this 1962 house in Minnesota seemed just a bit more in reach.
Anyone else suddenly feeling the need to find a room for some flower power shag carpeting?
Where to buy wall-to-wall shag carpeting:
UPDATE 2020: Shaw’s line no longer available. Alternative source for colorful wall-to-wall shag carpet: Kane’s Shagtacular collection.