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Is the Crosby Street Hotel's Carpet Fugly or Just Minimal?

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February 23, 2010 at 9:32 AM | by | ()

While many people trample all over it without a second thought, we take hotel carpeting pretty seriously around here. Whether it’s so offensive we need blackout shades for our eyes, or non-fugly enough for us to include in a pretty little gallery, we’ve devoted significant time to the topic. So when we returned to the Crosby Street Hotel recently, we stopped in our tracks to notice something we hadn’t on our first visit: the carpet is neither hard nor soft, is a light gray, and almost unnoticeable. But is it Fugly or Non-Fugly?

The rooms at the Crosby Street are such explosions of textures—check out the headboard, wallpaper and drapes here—that it’s almost shocking to see something so simple on the floor. But then, maybe that’s why the carpet is so simple? So as not to detract from the colorful layers at eye level?

We’re no design experts, but we’re guessing this has something to do with it. After all, the Crosby carpet bears no busy, fugly, stain-hiding pattern, and has no mandate to be interesting the way hallway carpets are often called upon to be.

We suppose if Firmdale designer Kit Kemp did her magic on the floors too, these rooms could end up looking all Alice in Wonderland rather than just quirky, pretty, and vintage-inspired.

Are we right? Design mavens! Let us know your take on this carpet conundrum in the comments below.

Archived Comments:

the carpet

i say minimalist because they easily could have done the typical fiesta print carpetry.

with wacky patterns on the headboard

they had to go minimalist on the carpeting. if this were a party hotel like the Gansevoort, I would worry about their ability to keep it clean. But i think Crosby guests will do their best to be neat. unless lohan checks in. then they might as well re-order new carpeting pronto.

definitely non fugly

makes a nice change too. it looks like a real bedroom, just nicer than one i'll ever have.


The term "carpet" derives from Old Italian carpita, "carpire" meaning to pluck.[1][2]  Sometimes the term "carpet" is used interchangeably with the term "rug". Only with the opening of trade routes in the 17th century were Sleigh Bed significant numbers of Persian rugs  introduced to Western Europe. Historically the word was also used for table and wall coverings, as carpets were not commonly used on the floor in European interiors until the 18th century.