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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 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!


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REINVENTING CLASSICS

Deirdre‘s ribbon designs are enduringly popular – CARNIVALSTREAMER and FALLING RIBBONS never fail to capture people’s imaginations.

These designs are so versatile and lend themselves to any space in the home, the alternate colours on the ribbons create flow and depth and can easily be adapted to suit any scheme.

Deirdre enjoys revisiting signature rug designs and updating colours, which she has done recently with both STREAMER and CARNIVAL and we’re really excited by the results!

Here’s a sneak peak of the new designs hanging with the originals…

A new version of STREAMER with vibrant blue ribbon on the perfect neutral ground.

Our previous sample colourway with broody deep dark red ribbon on a grey ground, a great illustration of colour dramatically altering a design.

New CARNIVAL colourways – a muted, versatile palette which really emphasises the ‘unravelling’ effect.

New and old CARNIVAL colourways side by side.

Both older rugs are now included in our Sample sale or contact us to create your very own bespoke version.


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Edison’s musings on the iconic Fashion Photographer Guy Bourdin

As winter draws ever closer, it’s crazy to think how quickly the time has passed and that Maison 2020 is just around the corner.

It only seems like yesterday that we were on location at some fabulous properties, taking lifestyle images for Deirdre’s successful ‘Plumage Rug Collection’ styled by Louisa Grey.

In fact, that was a year ago and looking back at some of the wonderful photography by Michael Sinclair, I noticed a Guy Bourdin photograph pictured on one of the walls next to Deirdre’s QUILLS carpet.

How fitting, seeing that London Fashion Week is currently in full swing.

Considered as one of the important founders of contemporary photography, Bourdin’s images are highly charged and highly provocative; full of sensual and mysterious narrative but remaining colourful and often playful.

His advertising campaigns became synonymous with haute-couture whilst the product always came secondary to the image.

Even Madonna paid homage to Guy Bourdin in her 2003 ‘Hollywood’ music video, drawing direct inspiration from his most iconic images.


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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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SPIRAL in a German Residential Project

Deirdre Dyson’s European Representative, Agnes Guillard, was recently approached by a Parisian Interior Designer to create a carpet for a residential project based in Germany.

Spiral

Deirdre’s SPIRAL design was selected in its original colour ways.

Spiral

In collaboration with the designer, and as part of our bespoke service, we re-worked the colours and simplified the design, in order to enhance the furniture selection and play with the silk and wool materials.

Spiral

SPIRAL looks stunning in its final scheme and really connects with the architect designed table.

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From Concept to Carpet

Every Deirdre Dyson rug design starts as a drawing and is hand coloured by Deirdre. The designs are then faithfully translated to a digital format in our studio in order to be mapped by our Nepalese weavers and finally woven by hand. Colours are matched from a selection of over 5,000 wool and silk poms.

Deirdre’s background as a Fine Artist and innate sense of colour guides every design. The best way to understand the evolution of the creative journey; from concept to the finished carpet, is through this film created by Deirdre’s long-term Photographer, Colin Peacock.

With each new collection, Colin adds to this visual archive creating a unique record of Deirdre’s design process and acknowledging just how faithful the finished carpets are to Deirdre’s initial sketches.

Where possible, Colin has included Deirdre’s original inspiration, be it a stone or seascape, which tells the backstory for each featured design; however abstracted the finished article.

Enjoy this carefully crafted footage, which will be updated soon with Deirdre’s 2019 collection.

 

 


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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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The Lifecycle of a Hand-knotted Carpet or what happens while you are waiting 14-16 weeks

After we’ve helped you choose the right design in the right colours and size to suit your scheme, the finished artwork and exact colour palette is sent to Nepal.

It takes 14-16 weeks to produce a hand knotted carpet, which can seem a long time in our world of instant gratification.

These images show just why your bespoke rug takes such a long time to make and some of the age-old artisan processes used at each stage of its production.

Sorting Wool
Sorting the raw wool
Carding Wool
Carding the wool
Yarn making
Spinning the yarn
Raw Yarn
Bales of yarn ready for dyeing
Bales of Yarn
Bales of yarn ready for dyeing
Dyeing Yarn
Dyeing the yarn
Dyed yarn drying
Dyed yarn drying
Weavers at Work
Weaving
Weavers at Work
Weaving
Finished WINDOWS carpet on loom
Finished WINDOWS carpet on loom
Washing
Carpet being washed

Once it’s washed, dried and checked your carpet is shipped directly to our London showroom and the finished product is revealed!

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