This circa-1940 vintage French Deco rug is an intriguing combination of geometrical abstractions and floral motifs in predominately blue colors on a field of dark brown. Paisley shapes and intricate knot designs add to the stunning display and unique quality of this vintage carpet that portrays a clash of delicate flowers and sharp linear shapes. 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 - which can be seen in this European Deco vintage carpet.