This circa-1900 vintage French Art Deco rug features a striking central design of floral abstractions in soft shades of blue, red and green, ringed by bright blue spokes separated by gray lines and decorated with ornate gold flower emblems. The soft pink and blue floral background completes the unique look of the vintage carpet. 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.