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Every week millions of people tune in to watch Game of Thrones.

It is undoubtedly the most popular show on television, with the tales of Jon Snow, Arya Stark and the other inhabitants of Westeros proving to remain irresistibly entertaining.

Beyond the compelling and unpredictable narrative, the set design and production values of the show have also won critical acclaim.

Considering that each episode has a budget of $10 million, you'd think that a fair chunk of that would be spent on designing the lavish costumes.

That couldn't be further from the truth. The fur capes that are worn in the show are nothing but cheap rugs from IKEA.

This shocking revelation was unveiled by Michele Clapton, a costume designer on the show, when she recently spoke at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles:

These capes are actually IKEA rugs.

It's a bit of a truth. We take anything we can.

We cut, shave them, add strong leather straps and then breakdown, which is like a religion on Game of Thrones.

I want the audience to almost smell the costumes.

Here they were waxed and frosted so they belonged to the landscape. 

Now that the truth is out there, were thankful that the capes aren't actual animal fur but now we're left wondering which IKEA rugs they are?

Maybe it's the Tejn? Or the Fardrup? Possibly the Ludde? None of those exceed £30 in value.

Or, if they were feeling a bit flush, it could be the £130 Skold.

Regardless, it is truly impressive that they can transform something that you would find in most student flats into a credible prop for the most watched show on television.

You can watch all of Clapton's speech on the costumes of Game of Thrones in the video below:

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