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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

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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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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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Partners & Pairs

Rugs are an ideal way to zone an open plan living area or link spaces – the perfect example being a double reception room.

Sometimes a room calls for contrast but, where required, many of Deirdre’s designs work in pairs or partners, see our previous post on the successful use of Deirdre’s FALLING RIBBONS design in a St. Mortiz chalet.

Of course we can change all colours on any design and adapt them to suit but we thought we’d put some ideas together from our sample rugs to inspire anyone furnishing a space where a connection between the designs would work that’s not entirely dependant on colour.

Different versions of the same design

GEO SPRING I and II
GEO SPRING I and II

Link by theme

HAIRY SEDGE from the 2012 Wildflowers Collection and this year’s TORN BETWEEN
HAIRY SEDGE from the 2012 Wildflowers Collection and this year’s TORN BETWEEN
DAISY CHAIN and DAISY from the 2012 collection
DAISY CHAIN and DAISY from the 2012 collection

Simple Geometrics

INTERLINK sits comfortably with this year’s OPTIC
INTERLINK sits comfortably with this year’s OPTIC

Lines

SILK DIAGONALS makes a subtle connection with LOOPS and the contrasting round shape adds interest
SILK DIAGONALS makes a subtle connection with LOOPS and the contrasting round shape adds interest

Organic design elements

GRAPHIC PEBBLE and CORAL both from the 2014 Designs from the Seashore collection sit comfortably together with their inspiration from the natural world
GRAPHIC PEBBLE and CORAL both from the 2014 Designs from the Seashore collection sit comfortably together with their inspiration from the natural world

Connect by decorative style

ZIG-ZAG and ODEON both have an Art Deco feel and the gold in the colourways adds to their successful partnership
ZIG-ZAG and ODEON both have an Art Deco feel and the gold in the colourways adds to their successful partnership

There are so many other elements to consider such as texture, size and scale but hopefully this post will tempt you to think more about two or more rugs working cohesively in your interior when space and budget allows.


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Victoria Nixon visits Deirdre Dyson’s Carpet Gallery

It was very exciting for our team to meet the writer Victoria Nixon when she visited the gallery last week.

Victoria has already written two helpful books based on her experience as a sixties super model and we look forward to a new autobiography which describes tragedies in her early life and the glamorous whirlwind of the 1960s.

Victoria Nixon

Victoria and Deirdre watch our film about carpet production in Nepal.

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Our Largest ever Hand-Knotted Commissions

We recently completed our largest ever bespoke hand-knotted carpet commissions, each measuring approx. 6.5 x 6m (over 38 square metres).

Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets & Rugs
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets & Rugs

 

 

Both carpets were created for a private client for use in adjoining private offices by Deirdre who, inspired by the surroundings and detail in one of the upholstery fabrics, created a selection of concepts from which the two final designs were chosen.

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Given the scale, Deirdre decided to make a dramatic statement with grading – creating a palette of 13 colours from muted cream to darkest brown for both designs and selecting an ox-blood red, also used in the upholstery, to highlight the ‘stitching’ and ‘branch’ motifs on the designs.

Swatches

Stitching

Stitching

The finished carpets are stunning and a testament to the incredible attention to detail and craftsmanship of our Nepalese weavers and an absolute masterclass in grading, an astonishing feat on this scale.

Stitching and Grading

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THE TOOLS OF OUR WEAVERS TRADE

Our bespoke Nepalese carpets are not only crafted by hand but the tools they are created with are also handmade using centuries old techniques.

In a world of increasing mechanisation, the tools used by our Nepalese weavers are simply made locally, have stood the test of time and last for many, many years.

These fascinating instruments in talented hands result in our wonderful carpets.

See our Weavers work their magic here

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Goodweave – taking practical steps to end Child Labour

“We want [companies] to think beyond the factory gate…GoodWeave’s unique offering is the combination of inspection and monitoring and community mobilisation throughout the supply chain… making this initiative a viable complement to those already underway, as well as a stand-alone best practice.” — Joost Kooijman, UNICEF

The GoodWeave label is as important to us as the Deirdre Dyson label on our carpets.

GoodWeave was born in an Indian jail cell in the early 1990s. After reuniting a trafficked child weaver with his mother, future Nobel Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi was outraged to see dozens more children with a labour broker.

Imprisoned overnight for causing a disturbance, he awoke with a simple idea: follow the money. If companies and consumers refuse to buy products tainted by child labour, producers can’t make them. Kailash reached out to allies and GoodWeave International was officially established in 1997. It was the first organisation to use product labeling to remediate a human rights issue.

Today, GoodWeave’s market-driven model includes company engagement, supply chain inspections, product certification, consumer awareness, victim rescue and remediation, and preventative efforts such as educational programmes in at-risk communities. GoodWeave reaches layers of the supply chain that were previously invisible — making child labour a thing of the past.

Kabul, Afghanistan, June 2nd, 2014, Ariana Rugs.

This is Goodweave’s unique market-based model:

Harness Market Forces in partnership with rug importers and high street brands to create demand for goods made without child labour. GoodWeave prevents children from toiling in labour by distinguishing products with the GoodWeave label.

Clean up Supply Chains by independently monitoring against the GoodWeave Standard, including all tiers of production from factory to individual home, and remediating all cases of child labour.

Create Educational Opportunities to stem the tide of child labour, ensuring that all children from vulnerable worker communities are attending school and learning.

Improve Conditions for All Workers by addressing a broad set of workers’ rights throughout the supply chain and offering skills training and other improvement programmes.

The Figures* involves are staggering:

  • 152 million child labourers worldwide
  • 72 million children performing hazardous work
  • 25 million people living in forced labour
  • 6.3 million children in forced labour

Child labour and global supply chains are getting increasing attention, yet practical solutions that respond to the priorities of both workers and businesses remain elusive. While many organisations work in this field, the collective effort is not yet reaching the most vulnerable at the very bottom of the supply chain, such as in sub-contracted sites and where homeworkers are found. GoodWeave addresses this gap.

*Data from “Global Estimates of Modern Slavery,” International Labour Organisation and Walk Free Foundation, 2017

Kabul, Afghanistan, June 2nd, 2014, Ariana Rugs.

Goodweave‘s impact to date:

  • 300+ companies
  • Thousands of children rescued
  • Tens of thousands enrolled in educational programmes
  • Overall reduction in incidence of child labour

Always look for GoodWeave certified products when you buy rugs, embellished goods, fashion jewellery and home textiles.

Win a Deirdre Dyson hand knotted rug in the 25th Anniversary Goodweave Charity Raffle, enter here.