It is an old proverb, but very true – “necessity is the mother of invention”. CRI found a story on the Floor Covering News website about one California church that needed carpet for a multi-use parish hall that serves as a banquet room or basketball court – whichever is needed. Here’s an excerpt from the story:
“The parish hall at St. Therese of Carmel near San Diego needed a true multi-purpose facility, used for school athletics, assemblies, plays and musicals, as well as parish dinners, receptions, Christmas programs, religious education, and more. To meet these diverse needs, a somewhat unexpected flooring choice was selected: carpet that even basketballs can bounce on, as if it were a wood floor.
The custom carpet was created to be extremely dense, with low pile height, to allow for a surface hard enough for the school athletic program, but with a design stunning enough for theatrical performances, receptions and other church functions. ‘We chose this particular carpet because of its ability to add beauty to the look and feel of the hall, accommodate the multi-purpose use of the facility, and provide durability and easy maintenance,” says St. Therese director of operations John Carney.”
It looks similar to stained glass in a cathedral, and the intricate pattern is perfect for hiding stains – a major concern in a multi-purpose area with such heavy use. With its custom-designed carpet, the space at St. Therese is able to host dinners, stage performances and sports event without any of the functions being compromised.
Image courtesy of Floor Covering News.