Two guys walk into a casino. No, they didn’t get hurt. But they temporarily lost their hearing. Why? Because the carpet was too loud! Conspiracy theories? Ambiance? Casino themes? So, why are casino carpets so loud?
Why Are Casino Carpets So Loud
Wear and Tear, Spills and Burns, Oh My!
I’ve always heard that busy casino carpets are that way for one reason. They cover-up the many stains of daily use. “Casino carpet is known as an exercise in deliberate bad taste that somehow encourages people to gamble,” wrote David Schwartz. Dr. Dave is director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, wrote.
Wait a minute. How does it “encourage people to gamble?” Hmmmmm, maybe it’s intention is different. Maybe the casino industry has hidden reasons for those ghastly patterns. Read on……
According to Bill Friedman, author of Designing Casinos to Dominate the Competition, “…..gambling is a hyper experience….. [patrons] gamble for the adrenalin rush. Therefore, it is possible that a more exciting carpet pattern will create a more exciting atmosphere, but nobody has ever demonstrated that.” But maybe it’s true.
Round and curved objects are welcoming, relaxing. But, jagged sharp items are intense. They unleash an assault on the senses to deliberately keep players wide awake!
‘It’s all about keeping you stimulated. [Gamblers] spend money when they are not asleep.’Chris Maluszynski
Conspiracy #1 – Why are casino carpets so loud?
Rumor has it that the casino carpet is deliberately designed to camouflage gambling chips after falling onto the floor. The casino sweeps these chips swept up in huge numbers every night. So, are the carpets just another source of revenue?
Conspiracy #2 – Why are casino carpets so loud?
Bill Eadington, director of the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming at the University of Nevada, Reno, has a different theory. Eadington questions whether the carpet has the power to put the subliminal whammy on casino customers.
Let’s face it, the gaudiness of some casino carpets don’t happen by accident, do they? I mean, it takes a genius to come up with something so offensive to the eye. Dr. David Schwartz considers the possibility that symbolism incorporated into the carpet encourages us to continue playing. On the other hand, is it simply that the floors are so hideous, the carpets encourage people to look away from the floor and up at the gambling tables?
Theme and Ambiance
Just maybe, the carpet scheme goes with the decor of the casino, and that’s all there is to it. At MGM Springfield, in Massachusetts, MGM has paid lots of attention to Springfield’s history.
So, depending on the theme of the casino, objects in the carpet may just represent the motif of the casino itself.
From the Artist’s Viewpoint
Chris Maluszynski, 35, has spent over four years snapping the carpet designs after noticing them on a business trip in Las Vegas. They include samples from the MGM Grand, Bellagio, Luxor, and The Flamingo. “I noticed the carpets were as loud as everything else out there and I was really blown away by the detail and effort that had gone into them. They are like carpets you see nowhere else. Only in Vegas, as the saying goes.”
Summary – Why are casino carpets so loud?
Let’s be honest. Gambling and casinos have had conspiracies attached to every facet of the industry. But, one thing is sure, gamblers can be pretty sloppy and careless. I bet that the designers want something flashy that accompanies the casino atmosphere and covers stains of all kinds.
That’s all for now.