This circa-1930 vintage French Deco rug features an intriguing all-over design of curvilinear abstractions that suggest floral shapes and arabesques, with checkerboard patterns in brown and beige repeating throughout the field of the carpet. A simple dark brown border completes the minimalist look of the early 20th century vintage piece. 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.