If you were able to catch President Obama’s interview on “Face the Nation” with John Dickerson Sunday you might have also heard our excited, honored, and humbled cheers when the POTUS sentimentally said he’ll take a nostalgic look back at the Oval Office carpet on his last day in The White House. You can watch clip below (if you’re short on time, scroll to 1:40 for the carpet mention).
For the extended interview, follow this link. You might also notice that the majority of the interview took place in the Old Family Dining Room. Scott Group completed an Anni Albers inspired rug for this space last year.
Here’s a snippet of the transcript.
DICKERSON: On the last day, what are you going to do?
Are you going to go look at the Remington?
Are you going to look at the Hopper?
What are you going to — what, for you, in this room, is — “The Emancipation Proclamation” is no longer here…
OBAMA: Yes, that’s not — that’s not here any longer. I will tell you that I’ll probably look at the carpet, because I still remember, it took us a couple of years to actually get the thing in. We didn’t want to remodel in the middle of a recession, even though that’s the tradition.
But I still remember thinking about those quotes that we were quoting from Teddy Roosevelt and JFK and Martin Luther King and — you know, I’ll probably wonder whether — whether I did everything I could to stay true to those quotes. And, hopefully, I’ll be able to say yes.
The 5 quotes he’s referring to that are hand-tufted in the 23 feet, five inches wide and 30 feet, five inches long rug are:
“The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt
“The Arc of the Moral Universe is Long, But it Bends Towards Justice” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Government of the People, By the People, For the People” – President Abraham Lincoln
“No Problem of Human Destiny is Beyond Human Beings” – President John F. Kennedy
“The Welfare of Each of Us is Dependent Fundamentally Upon the Welfare of All of Us” – President Theodore Roosevelt
Here are some quick facts about the process of creating the Oval Office carpet:
The oval rug was designed by Michael S. Smith and hand-crafted by Scott Group Custom Carpets in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The rug is made of 25 percent recycled wool and includes 48 colors.
The rug took 30 craftsmen and more than 570 hours to produce from June through August of 2010.
The presidential seal features 50 carved stars, 13 clouds above the eagle, 13 bands in the shield, 13 leaves in the olive branch and 13 arrows in the talon.
The rug is Green Label Plus certified.
The White House is a national treasure and belongs to ALL Americans. We are honored to have our rugs grace the floors of one of the most renowned addresses in the world.
All of us at Scott Group Studio take a tremendous amount of pride in every project we’re able to lay our hands on, but to hear that one of our American-made, hand-tufted carpets had an impact on the President of the United States?! What a wonderful endorsement!