This circa-1940 vintage French Art Deco rug features an all-over design that is almost impressionistic and suggestive of landscape, yet utterly modernist and abstract. Patches of purple, green , black and beige complement each other for an over-all minimalist feel that is essential to the Deco nature 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.