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Deirdre Dyson bespoke FALLING RIBBONS rug in a St. Moritz Chalet

FALLING RIBBONS is one of Deirdre’s classic designs and a favourite with both Interior Decorators and private clients.

We were approached by interior designers Woodstock Designs (a subsiduary of Spencer-Churchill) to create a hand-knotted, oval-shaped version of the design with an accompanying runner for the living room and hallway of a chalet apartment in St. Moritz (see floorplan below).

Proposed layout of FALLING RIBBONS rug & runner
Proposed layout of FALLING RIBBONS rug & runner

The designers had settled on bold primary colours for the silk ‘ribbons’ on a cream wool ground and our Designer Nichola set to work selecting harmonious shades and adapting the designs to suit.

Falling Ribbons

We love how the finished carpet sits with the curved shape of the sofa and the way the complementary runner connects the open plan space.

Falling Ribbons

The designers choice of blue and yellow patterned cushions and the bold red drum lampshade subtly pick out the ribbon colours and the choice of a clear glass coffee table is an inspired one, allowing the central tangle of ribbons to be enjoyed fully.


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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.