Game of Thrones
“This Ikea rug sure is comfy.” Photo: HBO Asia

It’s true, guys. IKEA really does sell everything.

Amidst the furor of the HBO hack and the latest INSANE episode of Game of Thrones, comes this little tidbit from the show’s costume designer Michelle Clapton. Clapton has given multiple talks about her work on the award-winning show, and this week, an old clip resurfaced where she reveals that some of the fur cloaks worn by the men of the Night’s Watch may have more in common with the rug in your room than you think.

“These capes are actually IKEA rugs. We take anything we can; we cut and we shave them and then we added strong leather straps…I want the audience to almost smell the costumes.”

Of course, that sent everyone into a frenzy trying to guess exactly which rugs they used. Some sites guessed that it’s likely some combination of Ren and Hampen, with maybe the Koldby as a base.

I know what local cosplayers are thinking: can I get this rug in Singapore? Sadly, we only managed to find this on our local IKEA site.

Don’t forget: if you’re planning on cosplaying as part of the Night’s Watch, Jon Snow, or any Stark left alive, you’re gonna need to dye and distress that rug in order to make it look weathered and beaten up. And even after you’ve got your costume perfected, there’s still the little issue of our tropical weather to deal with…

But for those brave souls planning their next cosplay outfit, IKEA might be your next stop. Here’s a video of Clapton speaking at length about the work she does, with the IKEA rug comments coming in around the 27-minute mark.

Meanwhile, Ikea has also responded to the news, with a spokesman telling

“We are flattered that our rugs are featured in Game of Thrones.We know these rugs are warm and cosy but we hadn’t envisioned them becoming a fashion accessory. Seeing them worn by Jon Snow and his brothers in the Night’s Watch has inspired us to display them off the floor. Why drape them across your favourite armchair when they look just as good on your shoulders?”

And they issued this PRICELESS photo:

Jon Snow
Photo: CPG Photography Ltd

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