Deirdre Dyson has always brought her skills as a fine artist to bear on the beautiful colour palettes and compositions of her carpets.
March’s lockdown came at the time of year Deirdre usually focuses on her creative designs, so she was able to focus on her 2021 ‘Paper and Stone’ collection.
Deirdre’s themes have normally centred round the natural, but for this collection she focused on everyday materials like paper – including pieces that were crumpled, folded or torn. Deirdre elevated these every-day, sometimes discarded objects to create a collection of seven stunning hand knotted ‘Paper’ rug designs.
‘I’d often used overlapping or crumpled paper in my paintings,’ says Deirdre, ‘so it was fascinating using silk and wool instead and seeing a two-dimensional surface transformed into three dimensions, just by using the same colour in many different tones’.
UNFOLDED does just this, creating a three-dimensional effect with just seven shades. FOLD OUT is reminiscent of childhood with its playful paperdoll design, LOVE LETTER draws inspiration from a torn note with symbols of hugs and kisses, while NOTE PAPER and OFF CUTS make use of her craft cutting mat as a background.
The extra lockdown time also enabled Deirdre to design three vertical wall hangings that can be adapted for the floor, inspired by stonework and paving.
‘They represent the stones used in walls and floors and highlight the amazing decorative skills of those who work with the materials,’ says Deirdre. The result comprises artworks full of textural depth and light, made with large quantities of silk, like BLUE STONE, woven in silk with wool grouting, or DRY STONE featuring 13 natural stone hues.
View the new collection and watch Deirdre discuss her inspiration for this collection with Design Journalist Amy Moorea Wong
Deirdre Dyson recently completed a large-scale residential project which required her to design of six carpets for the bedrooms of a Manhattan apartment by celebrated Interior Design Remi Tessier.
Deirdre selected one adaptable rug design, SEA MIST, and then created six different custom grades for each carpet with corresponding bars picked out in complimentary silks. This allowed continuity between the rooms whilst creating unique versions of each.
The finished carpets add cohesion and flow to the otherwise understated rooms, where surface materials have been carefully selected in muted tones for their luxurious, light and tactile properties.
The carpets add a burst of individuality to each bedroom and dictate the colour palette. Surrounded by the refined natural surfaces (marble, oak) and of course glass – the incredible views speak for themselves and remain uninterrupted. Each room now has its own identity without dominating as per the original brief.
Essential texture is added by these hand knotted designs, graded in Tibetan wool with bars of pure silk. Another layer of luxury on the uniform oak parquet floors with a sumptuous feel underfoot.
Each bespoke rug defines the room it’s in – the upholstery on an eye-catching and fun pair of Edra Fauteuil Rose chairs was colour matched exactly with a deep red selected from the grade in the ‘red’ version of SEA MIST.
Whereas in the main suite the blues of the grade are reflected in oversized velvet cushions and even the blue of the en-suite taps.
Finally, pieces from the owner’s extensive art collection were selected to compliment Deirdre’s colour choice for each bedroom.
The entire scheme works in harmony anchored by these specially created rug designs – a sense of comfort, restfulness and luxury in this already architecturally impressive home.
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Deirdre Dyson has used three variations of her classic FALLING STICKS design to create cohesion between the three ‘zones’ of the salon in this Manhattan apartment.
The hand knotted carpets create connection in what would otherwise feel a vast space. Each background is in the same coloured Tibetan wool (a neutral grey) and the bar detail on each use the same selection of Chinese silks (six in total) comprising a dramatic cobalt blue, beiges and silver greys.
The easy option would have been to use the same rug design in each area but Deirdre has cleverly used the same colour palette and similar design components in very different ways so the carpets reference each other but each stands alone as a unique design.
As you enter the salon, the music/library area features a bordered carpet edged with alternately sized vertical bars to allow space for the dramatic large circular coffee table in the centre (cleverly connecting with the curved staircase and marble in the hallway)
The classic ATTITUDE carpet, a signature rug design, which clients gravitate towards again and again, centres the TV area, topped by an Yves Klein coffee table, which Deirdre referenced when selecting the blue of the blue silk bars on each design.
In the seating area, which focuses on the specular views of the New York skyline, the final design, MOVING BARS, features a border of horizontal bars which loosen and ‘escape’ towards the centre, where another Yves Klein coffee table sits, partnering the one at the other side of the room.
These three carpets create a suite of designs that quietly connect the three areas in this vast space and link together in a subtle and harmonious way.
Deirdre Dyson’s Design Library includes a bespoke rug design for any interior style and as all our carpets are custom made; design, size and colour can be altered to suit the most exacting requirements.
Colour, in particular, can be dialled up or down and introducing bold colours in an interior can really embolden a space and anchor a room.
Style is of course the most subjective of things, for some interiors more is more and designs and colours that would apparently fight with each other when juxta positioned can be really effective.
This excess of pattern and bold colour is known as Maximalism and is a trend that is having a resurgence.
Deirdre’s rug designs can really lend themselves to this maximalist style – for instance GOLDEN PHEASANT, is a vibrant riot of pink and orange wools, shot with petrol blue silk and would stun in a busy setting or what about LIME JUICE? A super simple design but bursting with juicy greens that just scream excess.
This year’s SLIVERS has been our most popular design by far – bold nuggets of graded blues, purple and green silk would sit equally as a striking centre piece in a more pared back space or likewise hold its own when surrounded by bold graphic artwork and busy pattern.
Likewise GLASS CUBES and TRANSPARENT. This image illustrates how well carpets can work on walls to add striking colour and texture to a large expanse.
Contact us to arrange your appointment at our gallery to be inspired by Deirdre’s designs and explore your inner Maximalist with our selection of over 5000 wool and silk colours.
Deirdre Dyson is renowned as a colourist and her fine eye results in bold and dramatic carpet designs whichshowcase this exceptional talent and capture the imagination of industry and retail clients.
A new collection launches at Maison et Object every January and each year is lauded by the interiors press, gaining global praise.
However beyond the eye-catching drama of each collection in ‘real life’ inevitably some projects won’t require artworks for the floor which guide a scheme and create a focal point.
As Deirdre Dyson carpets and rugs are custom made, the colour options are infinite and Deirdre’s designs can be just as impressive when the colour is dialled down.
Not every space can accommodate an eye catching rug but where a bland monochrome floor covering may be the go to, a well crafted rug design in a subtle, tailor made palette can be the most effective solution.A design that doesn’t dominate but adds a layer of luxurious and considered design to a scheme.
Almost all Deirdre Dyson rug designs work brilliantly when muted tones are applied – we thought we’d showcase some of Deirdre’s designs that have been adapted for clients when a neutral palette has been required and how successfully these designs translate in softer, understated tones – as far from bland or ‘greige’ as you could imagine.
Deirdre and her team are here to advise on the perfect design and colour selection and will confidently guide you through the options to create a stunning finished rug in a toned down palette, totally bespoke to you and your space.
Here are a few examples of Deirdre’s designs in neutral versions.
Browse Deirdre Dyson’s full rug design library here
Little did we realise in March 2020 that a whole new way of working – to a greater or lesser extent – was to be with us long-term.
Now with a second lockdown here in the UK, most of us who can are #WFH – working from home.
Almost everyone has optimised a room or corner of their house or apartment to create as comfortable, and most of all productive, a working environment as possible and for many of us this will be at least a semi-permanent solution.
If you are lucky enough to have a dedicated home office or study, a bespoke rug can really be the finishing touch to your WFH space or maybe you have secured the perfect light filled corner of your home and called it your own? A rug can also zone this successfully within a larger area.
As all Deirdre Dyson carpets are bespoke, size, colourway and design are all tailored to suit your particular interior requirements or aesthetic and where better to have a bold inspiring design than a home office?
Designs can be re-worked to accommodate any situation. Here a version of QUILLS was redesigned by Deirdre to allow for partner desks.
A practical grey wool ground is brought to life with vibrant crimson and purple silk quills running down the centre of the room adding life and drama to what would otherwise be a bland, workaday office.
As custom designs, Deirdre Dyson rugs can accommodate architectural features and any practical necessities can be allowed for. For example, floor mounted plug points can be accessed by cleverly concealed hand made and sewn slits in the finished rug which are executed by master craftsmen when the carpet is in situ.
With a bespoke rug your imagination can run wild and a bold design can enliven an otherwise uninspiring room or even lift the mood in a stressful situation.
Here Deirdre’s dramatic GOLDEN PHEASANT lends a gloriously Bohemian feel to this home working space paired with design classics such as a Platner chair and vintage brass desk.
Below Deirdre Dyson’s MANDARIN provides the perfect foil to this mid-century desk area.
In this project featuring our largest ever hand knotted carpet – Deirdre has adapted her TWILIGHT design to create the main focal point in the room.
The bold ox blood red reeded areas are picked up by the office chairs and armchairs. This rug creates impact without competing with the glorious countryside outside the windows.
Nothing compares with the feel of 100% Tibetan wool pile underfoot (with or without the addition of pure silk) and a home working space is the perfect place to indulge.
Practically, if a chair is on casters we suggest a lower pile height but given the density of our hand knotted designs (an incredible 100 knot per square inch) the luxe feel is not lost.
The importance of the sense of touch cannot be overestimated, especially in these challenging times. Simple comforts and the grounding nature of wool underfoot also adds a sense of calm in a work space.
The warmth and softness added to a room by a hand knotted carpet is second to none, add pops of vibrant colour to the mix as is the case with UP and OVER in the large office space below, and the result is concentrated but dramatic, adding a contemporary edge to this classic interior that could otherwise be austere and imposing.
Lockdown introduced us all to the Zoom meeting and good acoustics are essential to online presentations. Whether hosting or attending, being able to hear and be heard is crucial and spacial acoustics are a hugely important consideration.
Adding a rug can be an easy solution to help remedy an echoey space. 100% wool provides the perfect dampener for background noise and sound interference both inside and out.
The effect of noise on well being is remarkable, 51% of homeowners say that unwanted noise in their home has a negative impact on their wellbeing. (Source: Studio magazine issue 36 10.20)
Particularly on wooden floors, a high-quality rug can significantly reduce ambient noise and limit distracting sounds, helping focus the mind, create a productive work space and stress-free environment.
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