Brussels flower carpet gets African theme

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Media captionVolunteers lay Belgian flowers to create a giant carpet inspired by Africa

A flower carpet has been created on the main square of the Belgian capital, Brussels, using designs from Africa.

Hundreds of thousands of flowers were used by the 120 volunteers who made the carpet on the Grand Place. The process took almost four hours.

Traditional patterns from Ethiopia, Congo, Nigeria, Cameroon and Botswana are displayed in the carpet.

A flower carpet was first installed at the site in 1971 and is re-created every two years.

"The design is very complicated this year because it is very sophisticated," one of the organisers, Annette Katz, told Reuters.

The carpet will be on show until 19 August.