Monster, Beast & Bear Rugs – Oh My!

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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

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above: made of Felted Cashmere, Wool, Polymer Clay, Stuffing

First, a design and blog favorite, Joshua Longo’s Monster Skin Rug

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Visit Longoland, Joshua’s site to see other art, cute monsters and furniture.

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above: Monster’s Workshop rug.

Monster Workshop’s Monster Rug:

They also makes adorable plush monsters for purchase.

Adopt them here.

Beast Rug from New Zealand’s Punga and Smith
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panga and smith bear rug

Introduced at the 2009 Milan Furniture Fair, the felted wool rug has an origami-like brass skull under the felting.

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Punga and Smith (no longer in business together)

Eelko Moorer’s Rubber Urethane Bearskin Rugs:
The brown, black and white rugs are specifically hand cast and made to order. Other colors are available upon request.

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Eelko Moorer's Rubber Urethane Bearskin Rugs

Eelko Moorer Rubber Urethane Bearskin Rug

Eelko Moorer Rubber Bearskin Rug

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:
rubber bearskin rug

modern bear rug

making a rubber rug

buy it here.

The Blanket Statement by Lise Lefebvre:

The Blanket Statement by Lise Lefebvre

lisa lefebre bear rug

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 Monster Rug painting, 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:
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The Road Kill Carpet from Ooms:
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road kill carpet

Edible Gummy Bear Rug
And of course, the Gummy Bear Rug, made entirely of gummy bears by sculptor Ya Ya Chou:

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gummy bear rug detail
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!

Chrissy Skin Rug by Chrissy Conant


Chrissy Skin Rug by Chrissy Conant

above: The Chrissy Rug by Chrissy Conant (image courtesy of Saatchi gallery)