Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Botanic Green, Red Wool Rug by Paule Leleu BB4793 7'6" × 10'4" $18,000
Signed Leleu, in the lower right corner, this is one of the more restrained vintage rugs designed by Leleu in the collection. While it has the typical Leleu diamond motifs, the grid-like allover pattern on an open field makes it one of the more minimalist and formal of Leleu’s rugs.
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 supreme elegance of the custom made interiors at the event set an example for interior designers the world over. Inspired by these innovative aesthetic ideas, artists, designers, craftsmen and manufacturers from across Europe and America produced a wide range of modern pioneering patterns that delivered a dramatic change of style to furnishings in general, and early 20th century oriental European Art Deco rugs and carpets in particular. Decorative arts of this period, sometimes known as the Machine Age, are characterized by a streamlined appearance. Art Deco rugs and antique carpets woven from the mid-1920s through the 1930s reflect this style.
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 Art Deco Botanic Green, Red Wool Rug by Paule Leleu BB4793