The Plaza Hotel & Casino, the newly revitalized Downtown Las Vegas landmark, has unveiled new casino-floor carpeting featuring a colorful tribute to the various elements and icons associated with gaming, the desert and the Rat Pack era of Las Vegas so prominent in earlier decades.
The new carpeting is the design work of Sarit Werner, a noted graphic artist for several national brands, includes a repeat pattern that features: starbursts, high heels, lips, showgirls, palm trees, roses, flowers, fireworks, cherries, dice, gambling chips, martini glass with olives, diamonds, hearts, spades, clubs, hearts, sunglasses, and bubbles.
Werner’s inspiration for the one-of-a-kind carpet design came from the vintage Vegas brand of the Plaza complimented by modern artistic influences such as the murals by Shepherd Fairy, D’Face and Faile on the Plaza’s North Tower, posters by Tadanori Yokoo, textiles of Josef Frank, and comic pop art by Roy Lichtenstein. Werner was tasked with visually presenting the excitement and fun of the casino while paying homage to the vintage Vegas vibe of the Plaza and Downtown Las Vegas.
Werner designed each of the more than two-dozen individual graphics of the carpet and then arranged them into a unique, non-directional pattern.
On the casino floor, the pattern is used on the main walkways. Four 15-foot medallions with a complimentary stars and fireworks design are located where the pathways meet.
The hotel/casino opened on July 2, 1971 with numerous pioneering Southern Nevadans as owners including Sam Boyd, Frank Scott, Howard Cannon and Jackie Gaughan. Its original name was Union Plaza, in reference to the Union Pacific railroad station that originally stood at the site.