Magnificent and Luxurious Antique French Art Deco Rug Attributed to Leleu, Country of Origin / Rug Type: French Rug, Circa Date: 1920 – Jules Leleu was a French furniture designer whose worked combined modernism with classical themes and lines. He began producing his work in the late 1800’s and produced some of his most famous pieces during the 1920’s. This antique French Art Deco rug was produced to compliment his furniture line and create a room theme centered on his design concepts.
In this antique French rug, that is attributed to Leleu was produced in the 1920’s and one can easily see the Art Deco elements in the key pattern border and the flourishes in the leaf patterns. It appears to be a garden trellis with climbing vines reaching skyward. The central motif could easily be a centerpiece or represent the focal point of a formal Art Deco garden.
This soft and alluring antique Leleu design rug brings the color scheme together with earthy tones and subtle shifts in hue. The browns and greens give it an earthy feel that is punctuated by an occasional burgundy highlight. The work is balanced and has both horizontal and vertical symmetry.
The placement of the elements creates balance and the geometric form gives this antique French Art Deco Leleu rug a feel of formality. However, the design elements lack the detail that one would see in a more traditional and realistic rendition of the natural world. The leaves are outlined in a darker green and highlighted in the centers, but the shading in highlighting is not carried out in a way that is true representation of the natural world.
This is typical of how Leleu combined the elements of modernism and abstract art with traditional art forms to create a piece that typifies work of the Art Deco period. This is a beautiful piece that would add a natural, yet formal feel to the space. It is an captivating antique rug that is attributed to an important artist of the early 1900’s. It would make a wonderful addition to any Art Deco-inspired collection.