Beautifully Simplistic Vintage Small French Art Deco Rug, Origin: France, Circa date: Early 20th Century – (one of a pair) – The simple lines and rich colors of this French Art Deco rug typifies the deco movement of the early 20th century. Art Deco was a social response to the complexity and detail of Victorian designs. This magnificent French rug, and the movement that it represents, are a return to simplicity with attention to line and form above decoration.
Art deco artists experimented with angular lines and bold colors, as this small size rug demonstrates. They were intended for the elite class of the French, who favored labor intensive handmade rugs and objects over mass produced ones. They preferred pieces that were rich and exotic in feel. This rug adds an exotic flair through an Oriental style design on a warm rusty brown background. The design elements is a reduced and simplified central medallion and border design, which is a classic layout that has been a standard in Asia for centuries.
The earthy brown background highlights the red and black design elements. Two black lines on the end balance the design and give it a sense of space that is confined within the red frame. The focal point of the small French Art Deco rug is on the central design. It is symmetrical both horizontally and vertically. Every element of this design speaks of the balance and harmony of the various elements within it.
Art Deco would eventually lead to Modernist design principles. This small French Art Deco rug makes an essential element for any vintage modernist interior design. It also translates well into the Scandinavian and minimalist movements due to its simple form and lack of detailed ornamentation. It would compliment an Oriental themed room or any design that features nature and the natural elements, such as modern organic. This small French Art Deco rug brings a sense of warmth and simplicity to any room and would be an excellent addition when the design calls for simple lines and rich color tones.