It's happened. It's actually happened. Pottery Barn, the go-to for all things modern and rustic, went too far with the home decor. Get this: The home furnishing brand is selling bamboo wall art that you'll probably recognize as a bilao. That's not even the craziest part of it all... the P15,000 price tag attached to it is.
Naturally, the internet is going nuts over the P15,000 bilao because for that amount it should really come with someone that makes pancit or kakanin 24/7. Honestly, we're equally as confused as the rest of the internet. At the same time, however, we're bummed that we didn't think to do it first. What's next? The Philippines' beloved tabo hanging on the wall like decorative plates? Don't get any ideas, Pottery Barn.
"Round out your accent wall with this impressive woven art piece made from bamboo," says Pottery Barn. "Reminiscent of open-air market selling baskets, with a slightly concave shape and shallow rim, it adds warmth, texture and eclectic style wherever it's hung."
Round 42" Bamboo Wall Art, $299 (approx. P15,000), POTTERY BARN, potterybarn.com
Leave it to bougie folks to appropriate the most random object and call it art. At least give us equal treatment and reproduce one of the country's many artifacts like others have previously done. No, we're kidding. Don't do that.
This isn't the first instance of a bilao selling for an exorbitant price. The common household item is currently selling for $38 (approximately P1,900) on Etsy. Here's how sellers describe it: "Round Rattan Tray Boho Chic Wicker Tray Woven Bamboo Bohemian Wall Hanging Rustic Decor." Quite a mouthful.
Pottery Barn takes the cake, though. Seriously, P15,000 would quite literally buy you hundreds of bilaos filled with different kinds of local delicacies.
* This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.