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The Tale of the Prince and the Magic Carpet

The Prince and the Magic Carpet

This beautifully illustrated children’s book The Tale of the Prince and the Magic Carpet was written by James Dyson’s father Alec, whilst posted in India during the Second World War.

The Prince and the Magic Carpet

The book, published by Blackie & Son of London and Glasgow, was inspired by his surroundings and was written for and features his three children – a blonde James and his brother and sister.

The Prince and the Magic Carpet

Whilst discussing blog content, Alice (our Head of Contract Sales and Marketing) suggested exploring the origins of the magic carpet at which point Deirdre mentioned this book.

The Prince and the Magic Carpet

We thought it would be lovely to share some of its beautiful illustrations and background with you.

The Prince and the Magic Carpet

Only one tatty copy of the novel remains which James Dyson has now copied for his siblings and grandchildren to enjoy.  A lovely legacy given that Alec Dyson died when James was only 9 and a wonderful link to Deirdre’s passion for carpet design.

The Prince and the Magic Carpet


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PLECTRUMS at the British Consul-General’s Residence in Hong Kong

We were delighted when the British Consulate in Hong Kong chose Deirdre’s PLECTRUMS design as part of the interior scheme at the Consul-General’s residence.

Plectrums

The Consulate makes a point of showcasing British Designers and goods and we are thrilled to be in the company of  well established British brands such as Liberty and Colefax and Fowler.

The Consulate’s representative selected Plectrums for the scheme and our Designer Nichola created a pair of oversized versions  in a slightly different colour arrangement to Deirdre’s original colour choice.

They were then hand knotted in 100% wool in Nepal.

The rugs have been positioned to mirror each other, creating two distinct seating areas and look stunning on the parquet floor, blending brilliantly with the residences existing colour palette.

Plectrums


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RHYTHMS at the American Cemetery in Cambridge

Rhythms at the American Cemetery

Several months ago Interior Designer Andrew Thorne of Think Thorne commissioned us to create a hand tufted 100% wool version of Deirdre’s RHYTHMS design for the Grade I listed American Cemetery at Madingley in Cambridgeshire.

Rhythms at the American Cemetery

As part of a £4m refurbishment plan which has seen the construction of a new interactive visitors centre, Andrew was enlisted to design the interior of what was the visitor building but is now the cemetery’s reception area.

Rhythms at the American Cemetery

With a 1950s aesthetic (the cemetery was founded in 1956) Andrew has turned what was a sombre and functional area into a bright, light contemporary space whilst maintaining a reverent atmosphere.

Cleverly Andrew’s choice of ‘Rhythms’ echoes the shades of green in the mosaic mural on the back wall of the cemetery Chapel which is housed in the Memorial Building.

Memorial Chapel


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The Illusion Collection Has Launched!

Deirdre Dyson’s latest collection was unveiled today at Maison et Objet Paris.

The collection comprises nine designs featuring bold geometrics and intricate use of grading as well as innovative colour choices hand knotted in wool and silk to stunning effect.

Deirdre acknowledges these designs, whilst appearing simple, were actually incredibly complex to make:

“This collection presented my hand-knotted makers with the most difficult challenge to date.  The geometric designs may look deceptively simple, but the intricacy of workmanship involved is astounding. I have used colour grading in many directions and opposing paths. The result is a dazzling contrast from light to dark, of shadows and optical illusions.”

TORN BETWEEN
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs TORN BETWEEN
SHADOWS
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs SHADOWS
SAPPHIRE
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs SAPPHIRE
RUBY
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs RUBY
REFLECTIONS
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs REFLECTIONS
PINNACLE
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs PINNACLE
OPTIC
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs OPTIC
DAWN
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs DAWN
CHEQUERED
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs CHEQUERED

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Maison et Objet Paris 2015

We are loving our time at Maison et Objet Paris and delighted the Illusion collection is being so well received. Here are just a selection of images of the stand for those of you who can’t visit us there, for those who can find us in Hall 7, Stand A73!

RUBY
It was a mammoth task to get RUBY on the wall…
Maison et Objet 2015
…but the effect is stunning!
Maison et Objet 2015
The finished stand – the 2015 ‘Illusion’ collection is unveiled!
Maison et Objet 2015
All nine carpets from the new collection are on view
Maison et Objet 2015
Mirrored boxes, which featured in our lifestyle photo shoot for the new collection, were specially commissioned for the stand. Here reflecting DAWN.
Maison et Objet Paris 2015
CHEQUERED
Maison et Objet 2015
PINNACLE
Maison et Objet 2015
Reflecting REFLECTIONS!
Maison et Objet 2015
Edison keeping things ship-shape with Dyson

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The Intricacies of Grading

Over the past few years Deirdre has increasingly incorporated grading – where different coloured silk or wool is woven together to create graduated layers of colour – into her designs to achieve a heightened sense of depth and complexity.

Last year’s SEA WASH showcased Deirdre’s skill for selecting colours that seamlessly segue to create a unique, almost water colour, effect.

SEAWASH indigo
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs SEAWASH INDIGO

The grading applied to this year’s DAWN brilliantly gives, what appears to be a very simple design, incredible layers of visual depth and contrast.

DAWN
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs DAWN

The success of the finished carpet is a true combination of Deirdre’s singular eye for colour and the craftsmanship of our weavers in Nepal, Deirdre says of the weavers:

My 2015 “Illusion” collection presented my hand-knotted makers with the most difficult challenge to date.  The geometric designs may look deceptively simple, but the intricacy of workmanship involved is astounding. I have used colour grading in many directions and opposing paths. The makers, who work across the loom from left to right, row by row, have to change colour at almost every stitch. It requires them to think as if standing on their heads and reflects the complete labour of love that we dedicate to these exquisite carpets! The result is a dazzling contrast from light to dark, of shadows and optical illusions.

Here are some recent images of our weavers at work on a large-scale version of SEAWASH.

This version incorporates no less than seven different coloured silk threads and requires incredible skill on the weavers part to achieve the finished effect.

Intricacies of Grading

Intricacies of Grading

Intricacies of Grading

Discover how Deirdre has utilised this unique effect in the new collection.


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GoodWeave Nepalese Earthquake Appeal

We are long-time affiliates of GoodWeave. For over a decade Goodweave has worked tirelessly to end child exploitation in Nepal’s carpet industry and provide education and opportunities to rescued and at-risk children.

Nepal

As we all know, entire sections of Kathmandu, where GoodWeave operates, have collapsed, leaving thousands dead and injured and many more without shelter, food, water, and electricity. All of the children and staff at Goodweave’s Hamro Ghar building are safe, but the building is damaged.

Nepal

Goodweave has set up an Earthquake Relief Fund and outlined to it’s affiliates the problems faced on the ground in Nepal, their strategy to address them and the potential long term impact of the disaster, which we have set out below.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The earthquake has caused extensive damage to buildings, roads and communications systems. Families have been separated, their lives and livelihoods disrupted. People living in poverty and former victims of child labour and trafficking are always hit hardest by natural disasters and the recent earthquake has put them at even greater risk of exploitation.

How will this project solve this problem?

GoodWeave will deliver urgent services to the children and weaving communities we serve through:

  1. Addressing the immediate needs of the children in Goodweave’s rehabilitation centre and schools and weaving families with food, shelter, medical care, and other necessities. Support will be coordinated with major relief organisations to ensure that our community of about 16,000 people receive the support they need;
  2. Rebuilding of GoodWeave’s programmed infrastructure to ensure schooling for 785 children isn’t interrupted for an extended period;
  3. Providing support for rug exporters for rebuilding infrastructure, a critical long-term economic recovery need for Nepal’s top export sector.

Potential long-term impact

GoodWeave was operating in Nepal long before the earthquake hit, and will continue to work with the weaving and brick-making communities long after the news cameras have gone.  By working on long-term recovery with the children and communities GoodWeave serves, they will ensure that they are better equipped to face future disasters and come out of this tragedy stronger than before.

Please donate as generously as you can:

www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-vulnerable-victims-of-nepals-earthquake

Nepal


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Our 2016 Collection to be revealed at Maison et Objet, Paris

Maison et Objet 2016

We are extremely excited to reveal all nine new designs in Deirdre’s collection for 2016 Walking on Art.

The collection has been called after Deirdre’s book of the same name detailing her evolution from fine artist to carpet designer, the design process itself and also catalogues all her carpet designs, together with a substantial number of background sketches and drawings, from the past fifteen years.

All the new designs are hand-knotted in wool and silk and to a greater or lesser extent include grading which requires not only Deirdre’s singular talent for colour selection in the design, but also the hugely skilled craftsmanship of our artisan weavers in Nepal.

See us on Stand G34, Hall 7 from Thursday 22nd to Tuesday 26th January, Maison et Objet Parc des Expositions, Villepinte, Paris.


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Deirdre Finalist in Wool Carpet & Rug Awards 2016

BEYOND
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs BEYOND

Deirdre was thrilled to be a finalist in both the Rug Design of the Year Award (for the design BEYOND, pictured above) and the Design section of the Hall of Fame Award at the The Campaign for Wool inaugural International Wool Carpet & Rug Awards at the Wool Floor Show London at Chelsea Football Club last night.

Wool Carpet & Rug Awards

Wool Carpet & Rug Awards

Congratulations to the winners in all categories and see you next year!