For the last 15 years, Georgio T. has been making a name for himself by playing a human carpet. Only it’s not an act, he genuinely enjoys covering himself in carpet and having people walk all over him.
Ever since he was a little boy growing up in Malta, Georgio knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. Some kids dream of becoming doctors or astronauts, but he just wanted to be a carpet. He used to love placing weights on his body and having his pet cats walk over him. When his mother would enter his room and saw him playing his unusual games, she used to tell him “Georgio, you’re going to be in a lot of trouble when you grow up”. But he didn’t let her warnings deter him from fulfilling his dream. These days, 52-year-old Georgio, a.k.a. the Human Carpet is a familiar sight on the New York party scene. He charges a modest fee and accepts tips for inviting revelers to stand and dance on him. His getup is an actual carpet wrapped around his body with a breathing hole cut around his mouth. Although he charges for his services, he claims playing a carpet is not a money-making stunt. He actually enjoys getting stepped on and the more people do it, the better he feels. They can dance or jump on him for hours, without getting a complaint from the Human Carpet. In fact, he says people pay him to have fun.
Georgio lives a double life. By day, he is a massage therapist Fairfield County, Connecticut, and by night he is the Human Carpet, a bizarre character who loves it when people walk all over him. He admits not everybody loves his unique form of entertainment. People are either freaked out and don’t want to go anywhere near him, or they’re thrilled to do it. Some spend hours trampling all over him and toying with his face with their high-heels, other like to jump and dance. Georgio doesn’t mind, but says he’s happiest when the flow of body-stompers is constant. Once puts on his carpet, he enters a sort of meditation state and keep “working” for up to 12 hours straight.
The Human Carpet has had men as heavy as 410lbs walk on him, and he also holds the record for most women standing on a man rolled up in a carpet, 12. Remarkably enough, he claims he has never been injured during his offbeat performances.
Believe it or not, Georgio is not the only human carpet in New York City. Another guy known as Kevin Carpet also shares his obsession.