Billy Cotton Creates a Ravishing Rug Collection

Hannah Martin

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be made in America,” says AD100 designer Billy Cotton, whose latest project led him to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Known as Furniture City, this Midwestern mecca is not only home to U.S. brands such as Herman Miller, Steelcase, and Scott Group Studio but also historic estates by the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright, Walker and Gillette, and the Olmsted Brothers. Recently Scott Group Studio, a luxury rug manufacturer, enlisted Cotton to create six new floor coverings, marking both his first carpet collection and the brand’s first designer collaboration. As co-CEO John Hart explains, Cotton, a lover of craft, fine materials, and traditionalism, “checked all the boxes.” The feeling was mutual. When Cotton visited the mill, he was impressed with what he saw: “top-notch dyeing equipment, New Zealand wool, incredible craftspeople hand-tufting the rugs.” (In the early 1970s, Scott Group began working with a community of Vietnamese refugees who remain integral to the team.) Cotton put it all to use. From silk tortoise shell (“my dialogue with Madeleine Castaing”) to a Wiener Werkstätte–meets–David Hicks grid, his patterns call for the allover treatment. “I love being in rooms with wall-to-wall carpet,” he gushes. “They sound great, they look great, and they feel great.” scottgroupstudio.com

Hibiscus.
Geoff Shirley
Kado.
Geoff Shirley

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Tortoise Shell rug at Brookby.
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Tracery, in Onyx.
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Tortoise Shell
Brookby estate.
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Hibiscus.
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Kado.
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The property’s Olmsted gardens.
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Billy Cotton with the team at Scott Group Studio.
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Hibiscus rug installed at Brookby, a Grand Rapids house by Walker and Gillette.
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Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest