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

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:
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Visit Longoland, Joshua’s store to see other cute monsters and furniture.

Monster Workshop’s Monster Rug:

above: Monster’s Workshop rug.

They also makes adorable plush monsters for purchase.

Adopt them here.

Beast Rug from Punga and Smith
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Introduced at the 2009 Milan Furniture Fair, the felted wool rug has an origami-like brass skull under the felting.
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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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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:

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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!

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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.

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