When Pope Francis delivers his remarks at Sunday’s mass in Philadelphia he will be standing on carpet made in North Georgia.
“It’s made from nylon, very durable for this one time use,” said Todd Callaway, Shaw Floors.
2,200 yards of specialty carpet was made in the carpet capital of the world for the big day. Channel 3 got a look at a replica. This white carpeting is similar to the carpet sent to Philadelphia.
“I think the purity of the color really represents what the pope stands for. So as we see the renderings of that stage and how beautiful it's going to be with the white and gold I think it's going to be beautiful presentation,” said Callaway.
Shaw was given these pictures of the stage set up to help tailor the carpet to the space. The opportunity came through a retail partner in New Jersey.
When Flemington department store called and asked for Shaw’s help, the company was quick to offer their expertise.
“We are happy to partner with him, one of our retailers, one of the retailers who chose to partner with us part of our Shaw floor network,” said Callaway.
Once Sunday’s mass is over, the carpet will be up for grabs. It will be divided into about one thousand six by six commemorative samples.
The samples can be purchased with a donation of $25 or more. In the spirit of the pope, that money will be given to help young cancer patients in need.
Especially pleased that we are able to use this platform to continue to raise funds for St. Jude Research hospital,” said Callaway.
In addition to the samples, rugs will be cut from the carpet. Those will be up for auction on Monday. For a link on how to bid or purchase a sample visit popecarpetforstjude.com