Game of Thrones, the tv show that’s on everyone’s mind and the reason you got some highly suspicious malware from an online streaming site. It’s also one of the most expensive television shows ever made, with reported spending of around $10 million per episode.
So, you’d think if they were flashing the cash to that extent they wouldn’t be so bloody cheap when it comes to making sure the Night’s Watch are rugged up to deal with the North’s freezing temperatures.
But, as costume designer Michele Clapton told an audience at the Getty museum in Los Angeles last year, some of the show’s extraordinary designs are sourced from some pretty cheapo places.
“These caps are actually IKEA rugs,” she said, to applause (around the 27.35 mark). “We take anything we can. We cut, and then we shaved them, and then we added strong leather straps, and breakdown which is like a religion on Game of Thrones.”
“Breakdown” refers to the process of ageing and weathering the costumes so that they appear authentic.
“I want the audience to almost smell the costumes. Here they were waxed and frosted so they belonged to the landscape,” Clapton said.
So, the question is, what budget-friendly rug from my local furniture store can make me look like a guardian of Westeros? Quartz speculates that it could be the Tejn, which goes for $14.99 each, or the Rens, which is made of real sheepskin.
While the rugs are altered appropriately before they’re seen on screen, it’s rather comforting to know that even huge blockbuster series like GOT cheap out sometimes.