Westminster, Maryland: Roland A. Remnant

A colossal carpet installer unrolls an equally elephantine rug atop a local store. He's been up there since 1976.

Traynor's Floors and Carpets

Address:
467 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster, MD
Directions:
Traynor's Floors and Carpets. I-795 exit 9B. Drive 11 miles west on Hwy 140/Baltimore Blvd. Roland A. Remnant will be on the southbound side.
Phone:
410-876-1919
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Roland A. Remnant, carpet store statue.

Roland A. Remnant

The town is a very old, a unique place with a college and quite a number of dive bars. A couple of college fraternity guys got arrested while stealing this statue's head.

[Anthony B, 12/27/2014]

The attempted head theft took place in 2012. There was an earlier attempt in the 1980s; Roland's head was replaced with a giant pumpkin while he was repaired.

Roland D. Carpet.

Roland A. Remnant

Roland has a new coat of paint! He is rolling a large green log of carpet and he has blue pants, yellow shirt, and extremely bright orange hair & eyebrows. His lips are painted an unnatural shade of candy apple red so, up close, it looks a bit like lipstick. Not judging you, Roland, you just keep rolling that carpet log!

[Jen Storey, 05/27/2011]

Roland is repainted every five years or so. Ed Traynor got the idea for Roland in the mid-1970s when he saw a custom-built lumberjack (now gone) on a road trip in Elkins, West Virginia. The same guys who built the lumberjack were hired to build Roland.

Roland A. Remnant

Roland A. Remnant is now green, like the Jolly Green Giant.

[David Almasi, 11/29/2010]
Carpet Knight

I just wanted to drop you a line regarding the carpet figure in Westminster. I don't know where the gentlemen came up with Roland D. Carpet, his name is Roland A. Remnant. There was a contest twenty couple years ago to name him, and a friend of mine named John Seymour won the contest.

[Jim Yealy 6/30/00, 06/30/2000]

Roland D. Carpet.

Carpet Knight

This colossal carpet installer sits atop Trayor's Floors & Carpets. Good 'ol Roland has been there as far back as I can recall, and is one of the few unique and immediately recognizable landmarks in the Westminster business district. There are none who dare to challenge his might!

Roland has apparently outlasted another formidable floor-covering mascot, the awe-inspiring, lance-wielding Carpet Knight who once stood guard over nearby Eldersburg, MD. I haven't seen the Knight in quite some time, but I'm hoping that he has merely moved on to the plusher pastures of some other carpeted kingdom...

[Bryan Costin, 04/12/1999]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Important Civil War Bullet HolesImportant Civil War Bullet Holes, Westminster, MD - < 1 mi.
Whittaker Chambers' Pumpkin PatchWhittaker Chambers' Pumpkin Patch, Westminster, MD - 7 mi.
Town Named BoringTown Named Boring, Boring, MD - 9 mi.
In the region:
Star Wars Toys Museum, Linthicum Heights, MD - 31 mi.

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