Bird's Eye View: Google Earth Area Rugs

Bird's Eye View: Google Earth Area Rugs

Taryn Williford
Oct 10, 2011

When you're finally able to get a different perspective on the world is when you finally recognize its beauty. Through the lens of a microscope, or the view from a satellite floating 300 miles above the Earth, you start to visualize organic patterns that could almost be the creations of an artists' brush. It's exactly why David Hanauer turned to Google Earth images for new patterns for his line, WorldWide Carpets.

While a few of these WorldWide Carpets seem, at first glance, to be nothing different from standard-issue patterned rugs, it's clear with a closer look that you're walking on top of the world. Using screenshots from Google Earth, designer David Hanauer created these rug patterns by tiling bird's-eye scenes of the cities, highways and rural snowy patches of our modern-day Earth.

The rugs in the images above aren't just concepts. These rugs are real and available for purchase, either in the Berlin boutiques where Hanauer sells his wares, or by contacting the artist himself for shipment through his website. Rumor has it the going rate for one 4.5' by 6.5' rug is around $500 USD.

Although it'll take a small fortune to cover your home's floors wall-to-wall with his carpets, as the designer suggests you do, we have to admit it'd be beautiful, and a welcome complement to your Google Earth baseball diamond art prints and your office stocked with DIY Google Earth envelopes. via Gizmodo

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