One of the most wonderful things about the Internet is that no matter how long you’ve been using it, it still has the ability to surprise you. Before you clicked on this, would you have ever thought a dad who takes pictures of hotel carpets could become a viral sensation? That’s the Internet for you.
Bill Young is a corporate pilot based in Texas, and his job necessitates he stay in a lot of hotels. Back in 2015, during a routine layover, Bill noticed how odd the carpet design was. So he took a photo and uploaded it to his personal Instagram. Soon he began noticing other odd hotel carpet designs, and My Hotel Carpet was born.
“Some of them have like, almost weird Illuminati symbols on them…or big badges or crazy gargoyles on them, or something like that,” Bill told Buzzfeed. “I definitely prefer this over just a plain one.”
Bill plugged away for the next two years with under 100 followers, until his daughter Jill gave him a shout-out on her Twitter.
All I Want For Christmas is for my Dad’s hotel carpet instagram to go viral, please help this happen pic.twitter.com/pqCWDglFf9
— Jill (@jillisyoung) November 25, 2017
And against all odds, it blew up. My Hotel Carpet now has over 600,000 followers who can’t get enough strange carpet designs. Below, you’ll find 15 of the weirdest carpets Bill has come across. Thank you, Internet!
Happy Friday everybody. This circular conundrum was from a recent trip to Vegas. I guess the circle could represent fortune, marriage or eternity. (Saw that ufo circle movie, didn’t understand it #carpetkid @jillisyoung had to explain it to me) Or, it could represent pizza – you choose. – – – #imgoingwithpizza #ilikepepperoniandpineapple #dontjudgeme #thesweetnessofthepineapplepairsnicelywiththesavory #finallywarminguphereindallas #haveagreatweekendyall @marriottintl @marriottrewards #thanksforfollowing #loveallyall
Happy New Year everybody! I thought I’d start out 2018 with this fine specimen from my last stay at the fine @nagoyamarriott . It reminds me of what my printer does when my knockoff ink cartridges start to run dry. I also see a face in there somewhere, but for some reason I often see faces.. – – – – #happynewyear #thanksforcontinuingtofollow #itmakesmyday #alreadybrokeaNYresolution #wasntveryrealisticanyway #2018isgonnabegreat #atleastitcantgetanycolder #staytunedformore @jillisyoung #loveallyall
This funky #hotelcarpet is in the lobby of the exquisite @rendc_downtown. It features musical notes expanding from a central medallion. We had a lovely stay in DC. It was warmer in DC than it is here in Dallas now. What’s up with that? – – – #maybegonnasnowtoday #snowiscoolatfirst #thrnitsjustapain #excitedabout2018though #lotsofcoolstuffplanned #loveallyall
This mystery wrapped inside an enigma was from the #fancy @hotelartsbarcelona on my last 2017 trip. I can’t figure out if it’s a lined design with dots added or a dot design with lines. Kinda like the whole zebra thing. I’m trying to make sense of the dot pattern, but haven’t figured it out yet. Any ideas? – – – #prettysureitsamessagetoETs #probablyliststhebestTapasbarforAliens #theydontjusteatreesespieces #everybodylovesTapas #thanksforstickingwithme @jillisyoung @marriotthotels @marriottrewards #loveallyall
Today’s mesmeric #hotelcarpet is found on a secret floor of the @nagoyamarriott in #Japan. Like a stout ale with a fruit finish this carpet exudes boldness yet leaves one with a trifling hint of whimsy. If you focus on the centerpoint the pinwheels start moving like the main rotors of a Cold War Russian helicopter. – – – #nowicantquitstaringatit #carefulyoureyesdontstickthatway #initiatesaucerseperation #gottakeepitseparated #imissflyinghelicopters #butjetsarefaster #thecarpetsradiallinespleaseme #lookslikeacuttree #oradeepwellinasouthamericanrainforest #whichwayisitgoing #thefloorisntreallysecret #lovethishotel #greatstaff @marriotthotels @marriottrewards #loveallyall