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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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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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Tufting Greatness. How Deirdre’s designs are adapted for largescale fitting

Deirdre’s designs adapt for fitted application brilliantly  – as can be seen by the dramatic results here, just finished by our hand tufters in the North of England.

Deirdre and our Designer Nichola worked closely with the architects to select the right designs for each space and the input and expertise of our weavers and carpet fitters was integral to ensure the designs would work with the various architectural features of the listed building that will be their final home.

Deirdre’s bold adaptations of  GRAPHIC PEBBLE, a re-working of BEYOND in striking yet practical greys, and a newly conceived geometric design, will make a connection between the offices and meeting rooms they occupy and should not only create a dramatic addition to the newly refurbished spaces but 100% wool carpeting offers acoustic benefits in a concentrated office environment.

This large scale project also includes several hand knotted version of Deirdre’s carpets and is our largest commercial project to date – we’re looking forward to posting images of the carpets in situ in coming months, watch this space!

100% Wool Hand Tufted alternative version of GRAPHIC PEBBLE
100% Wool Hand Tufted alternative version of GRAPHIC PEBBLE
100% Wool Hand Tufted alternative version of BEYOND
100% Wool Hand Tufted Bespoke Geometric Design

 

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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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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!


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OUR GALLERY MAY BE CLOSED BUT WE CONTINUE TO DESIGN & OPERATE REMOTELY

Following government guidelines our London gallery will close from 5pm on Wednesday 5th November. We anticipate reopening at 11am on Wednesday 2nd December.

The gallery may be closed but we continue to design and operate remotely.

Please visit www.deirdredyson.com to browse Deirdre’s full range of bespoke rug designs and get an immediate retail quote using our Price Calculator.

For all design enquiries including trade quotes, colour tufts and samples please email us on sales@deirdredyson.com and we will respond as soon as possible.

 If you would rather speak to us by phone please call 020 73844464, leave a message and we will get back to you very soon.

Our Paris gallery remains open by appointment.  Please contact Julia@deirdredyson.com who will be happy to arrange your dedicated visit.

For company updates please follow our social media channels.

Stay safe and well.

Deirdre Dyson & Team


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Widder Hotel, Zurich

Widder Hotel, Zurich

Deirdre recently visited Zurich and stayed at the wonderful Widder Hotel in the Augustiner Quarter.

Its refurbishment  some years ago was lead by Swiss Designer Tilla Theus.

Widder Hotel, Zurich

The hotel prides itself on its design credentials and this extends to the flooring – Deirdre was immediately taken by the carpet treatment in the foyer and suites.

Widder Hotel, Zurich

The carpet melds almost seamlessly with the geometric terrazzo in the reception area.

Widder Hotel, Zurich

…and with the hardwood flooring in the bedrooms.

Widder Hotel, Zurich

This very clever design feature works so well with the Widder’s extraordinary collection of mid-century furniture and illustrates how perfectly this unique hotel mixes the classic and contemporary.


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Capturing the Knot

The Nepalese weavers who create our hand-knotted rugs are highly skilled craftspeople and work at incredible speed. As such it is notoriously difficult to capture the creation of a single one of their knots as the process is so accelerated in practised hands.

However during the recce for a film commissioned by Deirdre to showcase the creation of her rugs, the exceptional skill of our weavers creating a single knot was ‘captured’ by our Photographer Colin Peacock.

Take a look at the following series of images of a weaver working on one of Deirdre’s SEA WASH rugs and imagine the work that goes into your bespoke rug, there are 100 of these to every inch of carpet, astonishing.

Nepal Recce

Nepal Recce

Nepal Recce

Nepal Recce


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JOIN THE FLOCK….

The Campaign for Wool

Please join us in supporting The Campaign for Wool Patron, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales  & Marks and Spencer in signing The Campaign for Wool and IWTO International Wool Textile Organization Dumfries House Declaration – a ten-point declaration of intent to support an environmentally responsible, sustainable, and commercially viable wool industry. #ChooseWool
http://www.campaignforwool.org/…/the-dumfries-house-declar…/