Quoted from StoneyFL:
I decided to go with https://astrocarpetmills.com/recolor_carpet/465/ for our arcade/theater lobby and home theater carpet (thanks for the recommendations!) Minimum order was 600 square feet, which worked perfectly for me. I got the UV lights installed this week, now I just need to find an installer and get the carpet ordered.
For those who have had patterned carpet installed, I'm curious if you had it direct glued to the sub-floor, or if you used padding? The person I spoke with at Astro suggested that no padding should be used. I'm also curious about how how y'all went about finding a qualified installer. My understanding is that these types of carpets can be tricky (due to the patterns), and I want it done right.
Here's an old pic of our carpet. It was custom made for a local movie theater and we were lucky enough to have a hook up with them. It's about 25 years old and still looks the same.
It's commercial carpet glued directly to the concrete. No pad. That's the only way they would install it. They would also only allow their installers to do the install.
The only issue you could have with ordering carpet with a pattern is knowing where the seams will be and ordering enough to deal with those seams.
I would suggest finding a carpet installer and have them look at what you want and get advice from them. Do NOT just order what you think you'll need.
If you have a larger flooring store near you, check with them for an installer. Even though you aren't buying carpet from them, they may give you a name or two.