Originating in France, the Rococo style reached its peak popularity in the early 18th Century and quickly infiltrated the decorative arts across Europe. Rococo design is characterised by its elaborate carved forms, ornate curves and floral motifs. The acanthus leaf is one of the basic motifs of Rococo design, and is rendered in a highly stylised rather than naturalistic fashion. Often Rococo design is asymmetric in style, meaning that one side of pattern does not mirror the other.