Presidential Oval Office Rugs

Oval Office Rugs

The Presidential Oval Office Rugs Over The Years

Oval Office Rugs – If you were the president of the United States, you’d have the power to make any space your own, especially your office. In the White House, it turns out, that, changing the Oval Office rug is the best way to say that you’ve taken over.

In honor of Presidents’ Day on February 17, 2014, we’re going inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, through the West Wing and into the Oval Office to uncover the most stylish and memorable carpets, including a few designed by first ladies.

President Bill Clinton Oval Office Rug Nazmiyal Antique Carpets
President Bill Clinton Oval Office Rug

When President Obama moved in, he selected an understated taupe rug surrounded by quotes from Lincoln, Kennedy and both Roosevelt’s. There was also a quote attributed to Martin Luther King, except an astute reporter realized that it came from pre-war abolitionist Theodore Parker. Oops!

President Barack Obama Oval Office Rug Nazmiyal Antique Carpets
President Barack Obama Oval Office Rug

George W. Bush’s $62,000 sunburst rug drew many compliments. Bill Clinton, who had an elegant navy carpet during his White House years drawled, “I love that rug” while visiting presidential pals.

The radiant sunburst Presidential Seal rug with graceful botanical borders. The design was developed by first lady Laura Bush and inspired by Reagan’s similar sunbeam carpet.

President George W Bush Sunburst Oval Office Rug Nazmiyal Antique Rugs
President George W Bush Sunburst Oval Office Rug

Gerald Ford’s carpet was a White House icon used by three presidents. This elegant golden-yellow carpet was punctuated with blue rosettes in an open, almost Asiatic repeating pattern crowned by neoclassical borders.

President Gerald Ford Oval Office Rug Nazmiyal Antique Rugs
President Gerald Ford Oval Office Rug

Harry Truman’s presidential seal carpet was equally successful. His glaucous blue rug was the first to display the Presidential Seal.

The design was created in relief with pile of various lengths. Eisenhower used the carpet, and it was brought back by Lyndon Johnson in the 1960’s after a brief appearance in the Kennedy Oval Office.

President Harry Truman Oval Office Rug Nazmiyal Antique Rugs
President Harry Truman Oval Office Rug

Before 1945, green was the traditional color of the Oval Office rug, which has always matched the shape and size of the room. Pat Nixon was the first create a design for her husband’s office, and she picked a robust royal blue.

Dark blue and soft neutral tones are the most popular colors for this frequently changing space. In the White House, change is the constant. The only question is what happens after these distinctive oval rugs make it through a term in the White House.

President Richard Nixon Oval Office Rug Nazmiyal Antique Rugs
President Richard Nixon Oval Office Rug
president ronald reagan oval office rug Nazmiyal Antique Rugs
President Ronald Reagan Oval Office Rug

This interior design blog post about the Oval Office Rugs throughout history was published by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs in Manhattan, New York City.