The artist, who has won three Emmys for her work on the HBO series, explained that those cosy Night's Watch capes you see so much of are actually made from the department store rugs.
At a Getty Museum event in Los Angeles, head costume designer Michele Clapton revealed just how creative the team got when designing the Night's Watch outfits. A video of the session received new attention over the weekend as the show's seventh season continued to unfold. You can watch her discuss the process at about 27 minutes in.
'For instance, here, the way the weight affected his gait. What might surprise some fans, however, is that IKEA rugs are often used as clothing.
Clapton herself chuckled while the audience laughed at this bit of trivia.
The elaborate outfits are dripping with character, and are painstakingly created to make Game of Thrones feel as immersive and believable as possible. "We want the audience to nearly smell the costumes", she says. "I want the audience to nearly smell the costume". "We cut and we shaved [the rugs] and then we added strong leather straps".
Additionally, it seems that when she says "breakdown" Clapton means that this is the name for the process of making the materials look worn and aged.
'I want the audience to nearly smell the costumes. It's also noted that the rugs were "waxed and frosted", and that other black scraps were added.