This circa-1940 vintage French Deco rug features a whimsical all-over design of shapes and colors reminiscent of stained glass windows in traditional French cathedrals. The precise geometrics and a nod to tradition combine two distinct worlds in this midcentury 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.