This circa-1930 vintage French Deco rug by Fernand Windels features an all-over design of rounded forms in soft pastel greens and beige, evocative of floral motifs yet entirely abstract. Sharp brown and white lines wind through the central pattern, adding accent to the vintage carpet. European Art Deco owes its name to the first major exhibition of decorative arts to be held after the First World War: L'Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in Paris in 1925. The undeniable elegance of the custom at the event has served as inspiration for interior designers the world over, delivering a dramatic change of style to furnishings in general, and early 20th century rugs and carpets in particular. Decorative arts of this period, sometimes known as the Machine Age, are characterized by a streamlined appearance.