Every two years in August, the Grand Place in Brussels (Belgium) gets a wonderful makeover. Tourists from all over the world make their way to see the spectacular festival of flowers in the shape of a carpet. For a few days, visitors can see more than a million beautiful begonias masterfully arranged, resembling an oriental rug. Belgium is notorious for its production of begonias and as of today, the country cultivates 60 million begonia tubers every year, making it the world's largest producer.
This breath-taking carpet is on display in August every two years since the early 70s. The organisers of this event found the Grand Place to be the most suitable spot, providing not only a great atmosphere, but also an opportunity to view the carpet from up high in exchange of a small fee.
The first flower carpet was made in 1971. It should come as no surprise the tradition continued to this day, since the carpet got so much positive feedback!
The first flower carpet made in Brussels was by landscape designer Etienne Statemaus.
The display covers a full 24 by 77 metres (79 by 253 ft), for area total of 1,800 square metres (19,000 sq ft), which is nearly the size of a small football pitch!
A total of 700,000 flowers аре used to create this magnificent floral carpet. Put together for the few days of the exhibit, they create their own micro climate.
All the flowers (begonias and dahlias) are hand packed, one by one. Every square metre of this beautiful carpet contains around 300 individual locally-grown flowers.
Around 100 experienced gardeners come over to Grand Place to put the carpet together. They do so in just 4 hours!
According to carpet cleaners, like Paul's Carpet Cleaning - a Sydney-based company, bigger than this floral carpet, is only an oriental rug located in Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, which holds the record for the largest carpet in the world. It is of course a real one, made up of some of the most finest fabrics.