Changing the carpet by the current president is also a symbol of change and beginning of a new term.
Since the presidency of Harry S. Truman the Oval Office carpet proudly bears the Seal of the President. Although both Eisenhower and Kennedy’s carpets were based on Truman’s design, contemporary ones are original creations made together by presidential administration, interior designers and the Curator of the White House. Usually new presidents continue using the rug of their predecessor until their new one is installed and the old carpet is moved to the library of the president for whom it was made.
Among numerous presidential carpets a few attract the majority of attention. Harry Truman’s carpet is admired for its beautiful blue color and newly added seal. The design included a stylish pile of various lengths. Before 1945, green was the traditional color of the Oval Office rug, however blue is considered to be a better suited color as it helps the Office to introduce the change of resident seamlessly. This carpet was reused later on by Dwight D. Eisenhower and for some time by John F. Kennedy. It was supposed to be replaced by a red one of Jacqueline Kennedy’s design, but as it was being installed, the President was assassinated. It is not unusual for a First Lady to design her husband’s office. The first to do that was Pat Nixon in 1969. Bill Clinton’s elegant navy carpet and George W. Bush’s $62,000 sunburst rug designed by his wife Laura Bush drew many compliments from various visitors to the White House. However, President Obama’s carpet of choice was no less beautiful. When he moved in, the president picked a taupe rug which was surrounded by quotes from former presidents. Donald Trump, elected in 2017, decided to use a sunburst carpet made for Ronald Regan instead of designing a new one.