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A carpet made of freshly-cut flowers

August 17, 2014

Every two years since 1971, the central square (Grand Place) in Brussels is covered with thousands of flowers to form a Flower Carpet. The intricate design is different every time and is often a symbol of belgian events, towns or traditional tapestries.

Planning the Flower Carpet begins with creating a perfect pattern and then choosing the flowers. The design is then put on a plastic sheet and volunteers install nearly a million of begonias in four hours.


Photo: Bruxelles5



Photo: Sam Butler

brussels flower carpet

As the flowers are freshly-picked, this amazing sight can only last for one weekend, near Assumption Day in August. This year the carpet commemorated 50th anniversary of Turkish immigration to Belgium, as the pattern was inspired by traditional turkish kilims (below).



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