Let’s All Appreciate This Janelle Monáe-Approved “Black Hole” Rug

published May 5, 2022
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You’ve likely noticed that checkerboard everything and anything is back in a big way. But according to Janelle Monáe — who knows a thing or two about rocking black and white — checkerboard has never really gone away.

In a 2016 Instagram post, Monáe shared a pic of a new area rug she nabbed from designer Daniel Malik, and not only is it checkerboard but it’s a 3D illusion that will blow your mind.

“In the rabbit hole,” Monáe captioned the trippy pic.

Malik first created the “Black Hole” rug for a 2015 design compeition held by Designer Rugs Australia. It was one of eight finalists in the competition and was awarded the People’s Choice award.

He created the black hole effect by first rendering the image in a 3D modelling software. When the rug is viewed at the same angle as it was designed in the software, it looks like a portal to another dimension.

You can inquire about purchasing Malik’s design through the Designer Rugs website. It’s hand-tufted in Malaysia using 100 percent New Zealand wool. And if you’re looking to get it custom fit to your space (and even get it made in custom colors), you can include these details in your inquiry. 

Malik’s design is still as popular as ever. It just recently made an appearance earlier this year in the Louis Vuitton Pitt St. Australian pop-up experience to honor the life and work of Virgil Abloh.

It’s hard not to get pulled in (pun intended) to this incredible work of art. If checkerboard never went away in the first place, then it’s certainly not going anywhere now.