A brilliantly quirky and affectionate look at a British institution: Wetherspoon Pubs and their incredible carpets.
If you’ve ever been in a Wetherspoon's (and who hasn't), you’ve probably looked down and noticed the brilliantly-hued carpet beneath your feet. But that carpet isn’t just for disguising spilt drinks… Each Wetherspoon has a carpet that is unique and bespoke, with a design inspired by the history of the building, its locale or the name of the pub.
Thanks to the hit blog 'Wetherspoon's Carpets' – which posed the important question 'are any two Wetherspoon carpets the same?’ – these tapestried hymns to British boozers have become a cultural sensation. Now, Kit Caless has travelled the length and breadth of the UK, from Berkshire to Renfrewshire, Bradford to Bridgend, to photograph over 70 splendid carpets from Wetherspoons and meet some of the pubs' regulars. Each entry appears in all its glorious colour, along with Caless's witty and informative text on the inspiration for each carpet's design, the history of the pub and key facts about the branch and its regulars.
Will your Spoons be there?
This is a book that has ‘dad’s stocking filler’ written all over it.
I wouldn't bet against the frequently very funny Spoon's Carpets being a leftfield Christmas Humour hit.
[A] bizarrely brilliant celebration. Each location entry includes a photograph accompanied by Caless' entertaining and often quite surreal commentaries.
He provides wistful and witty words on carpets, the people who walk on them and the buildings they are found in.
A lesson for all of us to look out for art in the unlikeliest of places.