This circa-1930 vintage Art Deco rug features a bold all-over design of geometric and linear abstractions in cool dark brown against a field of light brown. The seemingly chaotic, abstract yet simultaneously organized pattern of the vintage carpet places it squarely within the Art Deco tradition of the 20th century. 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.