Introduction to Deco Rugs
Art Deco (and thus by association Deco rugs) 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. Sparked by these innovative aesthetic ideas, artists, designers, craftsmen furniture and rug 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 carpets and rugs in particular.
Decorative arts of this period, sometimes known as the Machine Age, are characterized by a streamlined appearance. Art Deco rugs and carpets woven from the mid-1920s through the 1930s reflect this style. Two groundbreaking French designers, Jean Michel Frank and Emile Jacques Ruhlmann may be credited with some of the most creative Art Deco rugs and carpets of the period.
Geometric or angular patterns are common designs on deco rugs. They are a total contrast from the floral designs of the antique rugs. The rare floral designs on the deco rugs are almost often asymmetrical. Egyptian signs and symbols are another characteristic pattern of deco rugs.