Adrift on the Global Warming Rug


It’s a stunning reminder of the precarious beauty at the top of our world.

What would the Arctic be to us without the polar bear? The iconic image of our planet’s largest land predator forms the focus of this rug from Ninamarquina, adrift in a sea of blue wool (if you’re wondering, polar bears are good swimmers). It’s been created for display at the FIM international furniture fair in Valencia (Sept 23rd – 27th) and it made of felt (the bear) and hand-tufted New Zealand wool.

The message of the Global Warming Rug is clear – and timely. Melting ice-caps have been putting pressure on the natural habitat of the polar bear, and as of May 14th this year, it became a Threatened Species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.  Despite a few promising signs in marine conservation, we still have a long way to go.

Image: NEL

Mike Sowden

Mike Sowden is a freelance writer based in the north of England, obsessed with travel, storytelling and terrifyingly strong coffee. He has written for online & offline publications including Mashable, Matador Network and the San Francisco Chronicle, and his work has been linked to by Lonely Planet, World Hum and Lifehacker. If all the world is a stage, he keeps tripping over scenery & getting tangled in the curtain - but he's just fine with that.