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Bespoke Carpet Art for Walls

In recent years Deirdre Dyson has experimented more and more with hand knotted wall art and wall hangings, using the same principles of fine art which she applies to her carpet designs.

Common practice in Medieval times, hanging carpets and textiles has become an increasing contemporary trend and bespoke carpets accepted as artworks in their own right – equally enjoyed on the wall as the floor.

Easily transportable for renters wanting to inject personality into sparse apartments, wall hangings can instantly add colour and warmth to a large surface area with the additional advantage of the acoustic properties of dense pile against wall.

Wall panels create the perfect focal point.  This is a version of Deirdre’s visually striking GLASS CUBES design, recreated here as a runner and hung to draw the eye on this rough stone wall.

Clever lighting from above and the side emphasise the silk panels which juxtapose satisfyingly with the stone surroundings adding an unexpectedly luxurious feel and relieving what could otherwise be a cold, austere space.

For this lifestyle image from the current collection Stylist Louisa Grey took the full-size version of GLASS CUBES and used it as a backdrop on a pink painted brick wall.  Again, careful lighting highlights the vibrantly coloured silk panels and enhances the 3D quality of Deirdre’s design adding depth and interest to an otherwise dead space.

In this image Deirdre’s STAINED GLASS runner, hand knotted in 100% silk and inspired by a stained glass window in Amalfi Cathedral, is hung high to emphasise the highest point of this vaulted room, drawing the eye upwards.  Here also, there is the satisfying contrast of silk against stone.

Ironically, given its inspiration, the panel creates an alternative ‘window’ in this otherwise windowless dining space.

Deirdre’s LOOKING THROUGH is a really clever design.  The inspiration isn’t immediately obvious on the floor but when hung the rug creates an impact when the abstracted form of a water filled flask is revealed – as Deirdre says I knew from exercises in my student days that without trying, the flask would slowly appear and it did, and does in the [finished] carpet.

Any of  Deirdre Dyson’s rug designs can be redeployed as wall hangings – we generally recommend lowering the pile height to reduce weight and make hanging easier.

Practically, hanging solutions range from the unobtrusive (high strength Velcro) to making a feature with a hanging rail (such as the wrought iron rails used in the first two images) Framing is achievable for smaller panels where weight isn’t an issue such as 2019’s UNBOUND (pictured below).

The options are endless – as wonderful as Deirdre’s bespoke rugs are underfoot why not try them on the wall?


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INSPIRE ME SEA

With the official start of summer less than a month away, nothing comes to mind more than blue skies, the shimmer of sun on the ocean waves, fun times by the sea or having a relaxing, cool beverage al fresco whilst people watching.

This years’ collection certainly has designs and colours that nod towards the summer season. In particular, SEASCAPE captures the scale and movement of the shoreline with the ‘Cote de Azur’ never feeling too far away.

With any graded design, you have a wider choice of colours to draw from.  SEASCAPE combines light green/mustard tones with shades of teals, greys and darker blue hues.

Whether you are using a single colour throughout, combining several colours together or just using one solid colour for a feature wall, you can’t go too far wrong in making a statement.

The following mood boards use our SEASCAPE design, showing us how we can adapt it for different spaces within our home. I’ve taken all inspiration from the carpet colours and by combining various products; have created three different looks.

Using the large-scale SEASCAPE (a whopping 2.35m x 7m), this size would only be suitable for the larger home and open plan living. Think penthouse warehouse, lounge area one end, dining area the other.

Pair a mustard leather sofa with some velvet and linen chairs and softer fabric window treatments to maximize light and texture. Velvet fabrics work best at adding tonal depth, such as these cushions from Kit Miles. Add playful colour combinations in larger spaces. These poufs from OPUMO do just that.  A few accent accessories such as these ceramic yellow vases, work well with green plants and inject a splash of juicy sun colour into any room. A dark blue table set with grey chairs or benches will provide ample dining space and appear silhouetted against a darker floor treatment.

The SEASCAPE runner would work well in a small or large entrance/hallway.

For smaller spaces, keep your walls light in colour and apply darker palettes to furniture and small features.

Combine vintage and modern pieces for a playful finish. Keep furniture narrow and a tad mix-matched for visual interest. These narrow and crude benches work well for small spaces and create seating and an area for shoes, bags or a place to read the post. Make a feature of coats and hats by adding coloured hooks at different heights, styles and finishes.

For the larger entrance hall, you can afford to go moody and darker on wall colour. The side board from Orchid combined with Wenlock round mirrors would certainly add a touch of style. Add to that some stunning vintage black and gold lamps and a few ceramic vases for additional visual impact. It’s about understated elegance, just like these black and gold hooks, avoiding excessive or highly decorative ornamentation. Darker spaces work well with dark, silhouetted furniture. The Bold chair by Moustache does just that and adds a twist and touch of understated modernity.