Michigan craftsmanship shared center stage with President Obama on Tuesday night during his address to the nation. Beneath the president's feet in the newly renovated Oval Office was a 23-foot-by-30-foot rug handcrafted by the Scott Group, a Grand Rapids-based custom luxury carpet company.
Made of 100 percent wool, the blue, cream and wheat oval rug features the presidential seal and famous quotations from former Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and Theodore Roosevelt, as well as civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
It took 30 craftsmen and more than 570 man hours to produce the rug at the Scott Group. The rug, installed last week, contains 25 percent recycled wool and uses natural colors and undyed thread as part of the office's all-natural theme.
Reprinted in part from The Detroit News