Monster rugs, rugs with teeth, and bearskin rugs made of anything but bearskin, seem to be all the rage these days. So, I thought I’d share some of the best with you.
Monster, Beast & Bear Rugs
First, a design and blog favorite, Joshua Longo’s Monster Skin Rug, about which I was one of the first to write in a previous blog post:
above: made of Felted Cashmere, Wool, Polymer Clay, Stuffing
Visit Longoland, Joshua’s store to see other cute monsters and furniture.
They also makes adorable plush monsters for purchase.
Adopt them here.
Beast Rug from Punga and Smith
Introduced at the 2009 Milan Furniture Fair, the felted wool rug has an origami-like brass skull under the felting.
Punga and Smith
Making the rubber urethane rugs shown above
The original model has been executed by hand in clay. From this, a silicone mold has been made for the subsequent rugs. The rugs are all numbered and have a signature cast in the back:
buy it here.
The Blanket Statement by Lise Lefebvre:
The artists’ own description: Blanket statement is a contemporary bearskin rug handmade from reclaimed traditional Dutch blankets. These one of a kind rugs showcase the intricate patterns and thick sturdy construction while hinting at another traditional décor style.
I don’t know if the artwork below was inspired by some of the above rugs or not, but they would be a fun compliment.
Megan Burns painting:
above: Monster Rug, 2006, oil, 60 x w: 38 in / h: 152.4 x w: 96.5 cm
Contact The Proposition gallery for price (212) 242-0035
Benjamin Hall illustration for Blue Sky Comics:
The Road Kill Carpet from Ooms:
Edible Gummy Bear Rug
And of course, the Gummy Bear Rug, made entirely of gummy bears by sculptor Ya Ya Chou:
above: “Simon,” 2006, 7″X32″X30″, gummi bears, faux nailtops on wire armature and canvas (Retired)
So, given the trend, I guess it’s time to get the monsters out from under the bed and place them square in the living room.
The Chrissy Skin Rug by Chrissy Conant.
Addendum: A reader mentioned being surprised there were no “humans as animal rugs”, which reminded me of one of my favorite artists’ pieces, which I simply had to add. Thanks for the reminder Amy!
above: The Chrissy Rug by Chrissy Conant (image courtesy of Saatchi gallery)
To see tons of really cool rugs, check out my Fancy Flooring and Radical Rugs list on This Next.