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Deirdre Dyson Unveils her finished Bulrushes painting

Deirdre Dyson has unveiled her finished oil on canvas featuring bulrushes, a painting which will eventually hang in the Cancer Care Unit at the Royal United Hospital in Bath which is currently being rebuilt and is due to open to patients in 2023.

The inspiration of rushes in the lake for this detailed painting also gave rise to the carpet of the same name, hand knotted and graded in a silk/wool mix with silk rushes.

Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs BULRUSHES

The intricately wrought painting includes further organic motifs favoured by Deirdre and seen in her rug designs, including leaves (seen in SCATTERED LEAVES , FALLING LEAVES and WINDSWEPT) stones featured in designs such as GRAPHIC PEBBLE, grasses (RIBWORT PLANTAIN and HAIRY SEDGE) together with water utilised in designs such as LILYPOND, SEA WASH, SEA MIST and SEASCAPE and scattered sticks (seen in carpet designs like ATTITUDE and SCATTER).

This sublime work gives a real understanding of the link between Deirdre’s artworks and her carpet designs and the clear connection between the two disciplines.

The lake, the inspiration for Deirdre’s Bulrushes painting
Deirdre at work on the painting in her studio

Deirdre applies the same artistic eye to her rug designs, browse Deirdre’s design library and contact us for all bespoke enquiries,


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Layering motifs in Carpet Design

Detail of Deirdre Dyson’s OFFCUTS bespoke hand knotted rug. Part of the Paper & Stone collection

As a rule Deirdre Dyson avoids repeat patterns in her designs.  A fine artist, she treats each new carpet as a canvas.  Every design begins as a hand drawn and coloured sketch which naturally lends an organic and sometimes asymmetric feel to designs where form and colour are key. 

Deirdre’s carpets have been described as ‘artworks for the floor’ and it is ultimately what they are.

This artistic approach lends itself to the age old manual processes used by our artisan weavers.  Repeats can be left to the machines!

This approach has never been limiting – over the years Deirdre has continually explored ways to push the design process in different ways, using abstract forms, experimenting with pile height, complex colour grading and juxtaposing both geometric and figurative forms in wool and silk (or a mixture of both)  However, some of Deirdre’s most interesting designs involve layering of motifs and colour to create a depth and 3D quality which gives yet another dimension to her unique rug designs.

We’re going to take a look at some of these designs and how the layering of motifs and/or colours add to the overall aesthetic of Deirdre’s bespoke creations.

ORGANIC SHAPES

Some of Deirdre’s most appealing and timeless designs are formed from organic shapes and colours intersecting – rugs like CONTACT, SLIDES and LIME JUICE to name but a few.

NAUTICAL is also a great example – the same colour is rendered in both wool and silk and creates a ‘lapping’ effect mimicking water.

Deirdre Dyson NAUTICAL hand knotted wool and silk rug

STICKS

Sticks are one of Deirdre’s simplest, but no less effective, motifs and have been used simply in designs such as SHIMMER, BLUE BARS and SCATTER however it’s when these sticks literally ‘fall’ on top of each other in designs such as the aptly named FALLING STICKS or ATTITUDE (pictured above) that Deirdre can really play with juxtaposed colours to create an added dimension to the designs.

RIBBONS

TANGLED RIBBONS Photo credit: Charlotte Lane Fox Interiors

Deirdre employs the same techniques to her ribbon designs – the satisfying tangle of ribbons in FALLING RIBBONS or the overlapped fluidity of CARNIVAL add a depth, form and lightness to these carpets.

GRADES

Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs DAWN. Photo Credit: Alexander Martin Architects

DAWN (pictured) is a stunningly clever design, here Deirdre has used opposing grades of wool and silk in a simple linear pattern overlapping each other. 

In UNRAVEL (below) the overlapping, opposing grades give the impression of depth, a carpet on a carpet or a floating ‘magic’ carpet which adds an amusing element to the design.

Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs UNRAVEL

LEAVES

In WINDSWEPT (pictured) Deirdre has used another motif drawn from nature – leaves. 

Deirdre has used leaves in several designs including  FALLING LEAVES and SCATTERED LEAVES but employs them here in an entirely different way creating a brilliantly rendered deep ‘pile’ of autumn leaves which are literally tumbling on to the ground.

SPINDLES

Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs
OFFCUTS

In this year’s OFF CUTS Deirdre employs the same technique with discarded paper offcuts which when ‘piled’ together appear as spindles or batons stacked together. 

The colour selection is what makes this design, so much so that unusually the ‘off cuts’ themselves are hand knotted in wool rather than silk.  The contrasting fibre unnecessary as the trompe l’oeil effect is successfully created by Deirdre using colour alone.

To discover the full range of Deirdre Dyson’s bespoke rug designs visit our Design Library.