This vintage French Deco rug is an elegant study in minimalism. Serpentine shapes appear on a field of solid green, complete with brown and beige geometric abstractions. The modernist carpet is a bold statement no less intriguing than the art movement which inspired it. 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 - which can be seen in this vintage European Deco carpet.