This vintage French Deco rug features a striking large oval central design containing patterns that evoke flower imagery, though ultimately remaining abstract and modernist. Geometric shapes reminiscent of beams of light converge on the central design, creating a unique blend of the soft and floral and the sharp and precise. Soft pastel hues of lilac, seafoam green and beige dominate 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.