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Deirdre Dyson bespoke PSYCHE rug in a New York Bedroom

Psyche

New York based interiors company Sara Story Design’s starting point for this superb bedroom scheme was Deirdre’s PSYCHE carpet from the Butterfly Collection.

This version is larger than the original and hand tufted (here in the UK) as opposed to hand knotted but uses Deirdre’s original colour choice.

The room, created for the client’s daughter, references the turquoise and purple in the carpet to create a vibrant and cohesive yet restful space, we like!

Photo Credit: Sara Story Design

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Alternative version of DAWN in a London office space

This bespoke version of DAWN was commissioned as part of a large-scale commercial project which includes several of Deirdre’s designs, in both freestanding hand knotted and fitted hand tufted versions.

We are particularly thrilled with the blue and copper grading in this alternative colourway.

You can also glimpse a bespoke version of Deirdre’s OPTIC carpet through the doorway.

We’re looking forward to revealing more images of the project as it nears completion.

 

 

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NOS AMIS ARGILE

Deirdre is a huge fan of the Parisian paint brand Argile, and has used Argile paints in her interiors for several years.

As a colourist, the ‘trueness’ of a hue on a given surface is key to Deirdre , and this quality of colour is paramount to Argile.

Founded in 2006, Argile was born of the encounter between an entrepreneur and paint expert, Jean Frédéric Nothomb, and a colour specialist, Pierre Bonnefille. The idea was to offer a premium range of paint products to architects, decorators, set designers and all those who have an interest in decoration, whether professionals or private individuals.

Their philosophy is to draw inspiration from the colours of nature and their challenge to manufacture a range of the highest quality colours on an industrial scale, coupled with exceptional service.

Argile take inspiration from the sky, sea and landscape, Argile translates as ‘clay’ referring to organic nature of their colour inspiration as well as the raw materials of their paint.

Argile’s palette of 184 glorious colours work in harmony to create an exceptional finish.

Argile paints are now found in historic properties, such as the Louvre and the Grand Palais in Paris, as well as luxury hotels such as the Connaught in London and the Hoxton in Amsterdam, and in the interior design of countless traditional and contemporary homes.

When it came to designing our stand for this years’ Maison et Objet interiors exhibition, Argile’s colour chart was Deirdre’s first port of call, from which she selected the perfect backdrop for each of the eight new rug designs on display.

The earth colours of ‘grivele’ worked perfectly with QUILLS and FEATHER BOUND, ‘gres’ provided the perfect backdrop to the magestic EAGLE , ‘bleu burlington’ brought out the turqouise feather tips in PLUMES and also provided a foil for the vibrancy of GOLDEN PHEASANT and BURLESQUE, whilst ‘ardoise bleue’ set off the stunning tones of MANDARIN and HARLEQUIN.

Detail of GOLDEN PHEASANT with Argile’s ‘gres’ on the wall behind.

Argile’s ‘gres’ was the perfect background for EAGLE.

Detail of FEATHER BOUND with Argile’s ‘grevele’ on the wall behind.

PLUMES with Argile’s ‘bleu burlington’ on the wall behind.

We feel a real affinity with Argile, both companies are small brands dedicated to creating the highest quality product, providing exceptional service and ultimately share a love of colour.

In January whilst preparing for Maison, Edison popped by Argile’s fabulous headquarters in Paris to to meet the team and collect the paint for our Maison stand, a shrine to colour!

Learn more about the Argile story here

 


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BEHIND EVERY GREAT RUG, THERE HAS TO BE A GREAT COLOUR CHOICE

A hand knotted rug is a significant investment, the time, effort and skill involved in creating your custom rug or carpet cannot be rushed and depends on the highest-level artisan skills of our Nepalese weavers.

Hand knotting has always been Deirdre Dyson’s preferred method of rug manufacture and as a skilled artist, the choice and selection of colour is imperative.

The processes involved in creating a hand knotted rug cannot be rushed, starting with the initial design consultation and design work which takes as long as required to realise your perfect rug design and colourways.

BESPOKE involves a considered tailoring of a specific design to meet the requirements of each and every customer. Choosing the correct colours so that each carpet compliments rather than fights with your space is crucial.

The finished rug should feel that it belongs, just like the shawl for a dress or a style of shade for a lamp base, this element of the design process is probably the most important part of a carpets’ creative journey.

All of our hand knotted rugs are created from or inspired by one of Deirdre’s original rug designs in your preferred size and our hand knotted rugs are woven in 100% Tibetan wool and/or Chinese silk with the direct input of Deirdre and her experienced team.

With over 5,000 available colours, it can seem quite overwhelming when faced with such a selection. But our trained expert eyes are here to help, guide and assist you in your selection.

RED RATED

Take the colour red for example. We have many to choose from ranging from vibrant to muted, creamy to spicy, those that sit back or those that jump out; there are more variants of red than you could dare to imagine.

Selecting the right tone to match to your curtain fabric, a painting on the wall or not to fight too much with that grey sofa are some of the considerations we take into account when developing your bespoke carpet.

Our colour reference library is made up of ‘poms’ that are perfectly proportioned to take on our consultations and to use freely around the design studio at 554 Kings Road. An industry standard reference tool, our library is the equivalent of Pantone for the fashion world and is regularly updated and constantly expanding.

A selection of Deirdre’s designs incorporating a red colour palette clearly demonstrates the variations of effect on the finished piece. From the sublime grading of reds to blues in the DUSK design and the transition from reds to pinks in ROMANCE are studied, soft and fluid.

ROMANCE

Whereas RUBY and SHIMMER use contrast of reds to emphasis shape, direction and geometry.

RUBY

SHIMMER

Just as much work and consideration goes into every rug we make for our customers as goes into making our original examples which are on display at the Kings Road gallery.

HEIRLOOMS

Ultimately Deirdre Dyson’s rugs are heirlooms and designed to last.

Wool and silk are by nature robust materials and by following our care instructions these rugs can be enjoyed for generations.

When you buy a bespoke hand knotted rug you are purchasing a contemporary collectable, an artwork for the floor which transcends trends and changing fashions.

 


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Creating the Perfect Working from Home Space

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.

Bespoke

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.

Luxury Underfoot:

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.

Acoustic properties:

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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Large Scale Bespoke Carpet for a Corporate Reception

We recently completed this large-scale commission for an underwriting company in the City.

Large Scale Bespoke Rug – Floor Plan

The brief was to create an eye-catching design but in an unusual shape, detailed in the floorplan above.

Large Scale Bespoke Rug

Large Scale Bespoke Rug

As can be seen from the ‘before’ images above, the area where the carpet was required replaced an existing hardwood floor which had been zoned into meeting areas.

The proposal was to open up this area and cover the footprint with a carpet concealing any remnant of the supports for the room dividers, which meant the floor had to be levelled off with latex.

From the outset it was decided a 100% wool carpet, hand-tufted here in Britain would be ideal.  This combination of hard wearing wool and the relative speed of hand tufting for such a large project was perfect for practical purposes and the delivery time involved.

Large Scale Bespoke Rug

Commercial Sales & Marketing Designer Alice and Designer Nichola visited the site and selected colours, matched with existing carpeting on the same floor and taking inspiration from the large curved blue glass meeting room which is the focal point of the reception area.  Again wear was a major consideration in an area where there is a large volume of foot traffic and a pallette of blacks, greys and blues was decided on.

Large Scale Bespoke Rug

Colourways agreed, the challenge was to find a design that worked with this unusual, organic shape. Deirdre and Nichola worked on several designs and shortlisted three for presentation to the client, one based on the ever-popular STREAMER design and the others on archive designs SPOTLIGHT and PLECTRUMS.

Large Scale Bespoke Rug

Large Scale Bespoke Rug

Large Scale Bespoke Rug

The final choice was SPOTLIGHT, which, as can be seen in the finished images, works incredibly successfully – the looped line leads the eye around the interconnected ‘puddles’ of colour which in turn create a connection with the blue glass pod, making for a superb focal point in this newly open plan, inviting space.

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Sale Inspiration

In his occasional interiors series Edison creates mood boards based on two carpets reduced in our Summer Sale.

Now that we’re into our sale period I’ve just taken a look at two of the latest designs that have been added to our ex display sale list. I wonder who will buy these gorgeous pieces of art for the floor?

Being bang on trend and both having a timeless appeal, here are two mood boards which take inspiration from the DAWN and FOREST MOSAIC designs.

Mood boards are great tools to help co-ordinate a look, piece together elements of a design or simply help you focus on a colour, theme or mood.

DAWN MOOD BOARD
“FROM CHARTREUSE TO MUSTARD, BOTH COLOURS WORK WELL AGAINST SHADES OF GREY”

L-R: DAWN hand knotted wool and silk carpet, ‘Ocean Mist’ ombre wallpaper by muralwallpaper.co.uk, chartreuse decor living room, Vintage Italian fauteuil, Ligne Roset vase from Heals and set four Orrefor glass vases.

FOREST MOSAIC BOARD
“WITH ELEMENTS OF ART DECO, THINK STRUCTURED GREEN FORMS WITH A TOUCH OF LUXURY”.

L-R: FOREST MOSAIC hand knotted wool and silk carpet, original Art Deco interior and furnishings, 1930s palm floor lamp, Ercol chairs, House of Hackney x Jeremy Scott for Puma trainers and original Lalique vase from amara.com £11,900.

 

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The PLUMAGE Collection at Maison 2019

 

 

Deirdre’s new rug collection has received a wonderful reception at Maison & Objet Paris, where eight of nine new designs on display in Hall 8, stand A32 were showcased on a custom made, towering stand painted with Argile paint colours selected personally by Deirdre to complement each of the new carpet designs.  Deirdre relishes the opportunity to be on the stand at Maison meet clients and discuss the designs and their inspiration.

Yet again Deirdre has pushed the boundaries of the art of hand knotting to create very distinctive designs using pops of colour (HARLEQUIN), intricate detail (PLUMES/FEATHER BOUND/QUILLS) or colour grading (GOLDEN PHEASANT, EAGLE) from the abstracted (MANDARIN) to the figurative (FLIGHT) creating a new collection that celebrates her instinctive eye for colour and cleverly plays with the shapes and forms of birds and their feathers to create unique designs.

Each design uses varying amounts of silk to mirror the shimmering nature of bird’s plumage and Deirdre’s chosen colour palette is shot with vibrant hues that give the organic forms a 3D quality.

Bordered rugs such as BURLESQUE and FEATHER BOUND are endlessly adaptable – for use under a dining table or bed whereas the bold Studio 54esque GOLDEN PHEASANT makes a statement all of its own as does the elegant scale of the exquisite EAGLE.

Last year’s HORIZONS Collection played with scale and Deirdre continues this trend with the largest carpet on display, EAGLE mirroring the wing span of its namesake, an impressive 3.4 metres wide.

As with all Deirdre’s designs these sample carpets are just the start, each design can be created in any colourway or size required and most designs can also be gun tufted in 100% wool should the client or space require it.


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Botanical Inspirational – A visit to Chelsea Physic Garden

A perfect Autumn day provided the ideal opportunity for Edison to visit a hidden gem nearby, Chelsea Physic Garden.

Flowers, plants and botanicals have long been a source of inspiration for Deirdre’s rug designs from HAIRY SEDGE to RIBWORT PLANTAIN to FALLING LEAVES , WINDSWEPT and the award winning AUTUMN LEAVES and the wealth of plant life at Chelsea Physic Garden would prove hugely inspirational to any designer.

Chelsea Physic Garden is a fascinating place established in 1673 by Apothecaries, the oldest botanical garden in London and an oasis by the Thames which occupies a four-acre plot beside Chelsea Embankment.

The garden includes over 5,000 different edible, useful and medicinal plants including numerous rare and endangered species.

Thanks to its warm micro climate, the garden features the largest outdoor fruiting olive tree in Britain and the world’s most northerly outdoor grapefruit tree. From pomegranates to ginkgoes, mulberries to eucalyptus, there are over 100 different species of tree in the Garden, many of which are rare in Britain.

The historic Glasshouses hold a collection of tropical and sub-tropical species, complemented by a Victorian Cool Fernery.

Enjoy some of Edison’s fabulous photographs of the plants on view in stunning autumnal light, particularly some fantastically sculptural succulents!