Carpet invaders

This is lovely: A Polish artist reskinned Space Invaders so the aliens look they were designed by ancient Armenian carpet weavers. Then he projected the game onto … an actual, ancient Armenian carpet! The result is a gorgeous, playable rug that riffs neatly off the uncanny aspects both of video games and the mythology of magic carpets. From a web-site writeup:

Janek Simon unites the old geometric designs of Caucasian and Armenian carpets with the low-resolution abstractness of the Space Invaders. The collector carpet furnishing the ethnic-design, world-cuisine magazine becomes a new shopping item for the homecoming marines and the kid back home. It is the Oriental rug for your portable arcade mosque. Follow the voice of the Joystick prophet.

Check out closeups here. Okay, I want a full set of these for my apartment, one for each classic game. Imagine the Pac-Man maze as your carpeting, rendered playable with the flick of a switch!

(Thanks to Kotaku for this one!)

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