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5 Benefits of Hand Knotted Rugs

Deirdre Dyson QUILLS hand knotted wool and silk rug
Deirdre Dyson QUILLS hand knotted wool and silk rug

Why Hand knotted Rugs?

As with all interior genres, the huge variety and range of rug styles available on the market can be daunting – from flatweaves to Kilims, antique Persian carpets to modern fibres such as Bamboo silk.  The choice available can seem overwhelming.

Deirdre Dyson’s preferred method of manufacture for her bespoke rug designs has always been the ancient process of hand knotting.  The qualities of hand knotted rug are many and for sheer luxury they are hard to beat.

A bespoke rug is a big investment and must stand the test of time.  Hand knotted rugs provide longevity and integrity whilst providing the best medium to showcase Deirdre’s unique contemporary designs and colour selections.

Deirdre Dyson's SEAWASH on the loom
Deirdre Dyson’s SEAWASH on the loom

THE TOP 5 BENEFITS OF HAND-KNOTTED RUGS BY DEIRDRE DYSON.

  • Craftsmanship – From the weaving process through to the hand spun yarn, hand knotted designs are created entirely by hand.
  • Unrivalled Quality – With the knot count making unravelling impossible, hand knotted rugs are created to last a lifetime.
  • Luxury – The high number of knots per square inch mean that the rugs never feel flat.
  • Bespoke design – Every Deirdre Dyson carpet is unique with the size, colour, design and materials available for custom selection.
  • Produced with the highest ethical standards – All carpets are produced ethically thanks to Deirdre’s partnership with Goodweave, a charity working to end slavery in the carpet industry.

Craftsmanship:

Deirdre’s designs begin by hand and are created entirely by hand.  Our artisan Nepalese weavers use skills unchanged over the centuries and hand-crafted tools to weave each carpet knot by knot.

Quite apart from the intricacy of the weaving process itself, the layers of expertise involved in the creation of one carpet is incredible – from hand spinning of the raw yarn, which is then precisely coloured by the Dye Master, to the intricate mapping of the original design which creates a template for the weavers to work from and finally to the finishing – an art in itself – the careful trimming of the carpet to the correct pile height, the carving of design elements and ultimately the carefully stitched edging.

Sorting raw yarn for spinning
Sorting raw yarn for spinning

Quality:

The knot count of a Deirdre Dyson carpet means unravelling is impossible – each knot is unique and design and colour is replicated exactly.   Deirdre Dyson carpets and rugs are of heirloom quality and designed to last a lifetime.

Deirdre’s close relationship with our manufacturers ensures her designs and colour selections are reproduced faithfully no matter what the scale of the finished carpet.

Yarn being dyed
Yarn being dyed

The Tibetan wool and Chinese silk used in Deirdre Dyson’s carpets is of the highest quality – processed entirely by hand to strictest quality standards.

As natural fibres, colour takes to wool and silk in a very different way to manmade fibres – there is a softness and depth which contrasts sharply with the brashness of coloured synthetics.

Dyed yarn hanging out to dry
Dyed yarn hanging out to dry

In Deirdre’s graded carpets the art of hand knotting really comes into its own – the subtle shift between the tones selected by Deirdre is only best realised in the delicacy of hand knotting, so beautifully illustrated in this year’s EAGLE rug.

Detail of grading in Deirdre Dyson's EAGLE rug
Detail of grading in Deirdre Dyson’s EAGLE rug

Luxury:

Nothing quite matches the feel of 100% Tibetan wool and Chinese silk underfoot.  The dense 100 knots per square inch (unbelievably an area the size of a postage stamp) creates an opulence which is impossible to replicate with man-made fibres or machine techniques.

We always encourage our clients to visit our Kings Road gallery to touch and feel Deirdre’s carpets in person – the lustre and decadence of a hand knotted rug contributes to the overall effect of the rug’s design.  A hand knotted rug will never feel ‘flat’, the depth of the pile and quality of materials adds to the intensity of colour and drama in the finished carpet.

Deirdre Dyson GOLDEN PHEASANT rug, detail of grading and carving
Deirdre Dyson GOLDEN PHEASANT rug, detail of grading and carving

Bespoke:

Each Deirdre Dyson carpet is by its nature unique.  The  size, colour choice, design and mix of wool and silk can be custom selected to your exacting choice.

Even when Deirdre’s versions of designs are recreated exactly to knot precision as a handmade product no two can ever by 100% the same.

Dye takes to natural fibres in a very special way  – the naturally occurring subtle tonal shift of ‘abrash’ is unique to hand knotted designs and occurs over time.

This is a natural phenomenon that cannot be deliberately produced and has been sought after in carpet design for centuries and  is something that sets hand dyed, hand knotted carpets apart.

Deirdre Dyson HARLEQUIN hand knotted wool and silk rug
Deirdre Dyson HARLEQUIN hand knotted wool and silk rug

Ethics and Sustainability:

You can rest assured all Deirdre Dyson hand knotted carpets are produced to the highest possible ethical standards.  Deirdre is a proud partner of the charity Goodweave, whose aim is to end slavery in the carpet industry and beyond.

Goodweave undertake spot checks to ensure no child labour is used in the manufacture of our carpets and ensure working conditions and schooling is available to weavers and their families.

Additionally, weaving provides a vital income to many Nepalese families, particularly women most especially since the devastating earthquake of 2002.

Deirdre is proud to support artisan skills and produce rugs and carpets using ancient skills at the same time empowering and improving the lives of the Nepalese weavers and their families.


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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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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