Winter Is Here, Break Out The IKEA Carpets!

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Game of Thrones Costume Designer Michele Clapton (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Sometimes costume designers will handcraft their costumes to perfection, and apparently other times they will get crafty at your favorite Swedish furniture store. Or at least when it comes to preparing Game of Thrones characters for the woes of winter.

According to a now viral 2016 talk at the Los Angeles’ Getty Museum, Game of Thrones chief costume designer and three-time Emmy Winner, Michele Clapton, explained that  the fur on the capes worn by the Starks of Winterfell and the Night’s Watch are actually Ikea carpets…and then some.


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“We want the audience to almost smell the costumes,” Clapton said in her talk. She also talked about how the carpets are cut down, shaved back and leather straps are added before break downing the carpet to make them look worn. “Breakdown…is like a religion on ‘Game of Thrones.’”

It might be surprising that even the biggest show in the world uses helpful hacks to bring the story to life, but this relationship between GOT and Ikea is exactly what the world needs.

You can watch the whole talk here, but if you just want to learn more about the carpets (because who doesn’t?) fast-forward to around the 27 minute mark.

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