Mid-20th century French Bold Art Deco Beige, Brown Wool Rug by Noel Hostens BB6074 9'6" × 11'0" $20,000
This circa-1930 French Deco antique 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 rug 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 vintage area rugs and carpets in NYC in particular. Decorative arts of this period, sometimes known as the Machine Age, are characterized by a streamlined appearance.
Art Deco is a style of visual arts, architecture and design that first appeared in France just before World War I. The Art Deco movement led to a fast evolution of the rug and textile design, among other art forms. Rug design evolved from traditional floral and highly ornamental to a style of angular elegance with geometric, abstract and modern figurative motifs. The design is frequently spare, geometric, and architectural. The rugs created during this period remain elegant and refined to this day.
Mid-20th century French Bold Art Deco Beige, Brown Wool Rug by Noel Hostens BB6074