Oriental Rugs Dictionary

Art Nouveau

The decorative style of Art Nouveau flourished in the last decade of 19 Century. It influenced the design of architecture, graphics, and domestic furnishings. A return to high standards of craftsmanship was a goal of this movement. The style is characterized by the exuberant use of plant forms (stems, vines, leaves, flowers) attenuated and integrated into the shape of the object. The