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Deirdre’s Design Inspiration – Water

Deirdre Dyson at work in her studio at home.

 

Continuing our exploration of inspiration and what keeps us #INspired, Deirdre draws inspiration for her designs from myriad sources but one recurring area of fascination is water – be it BULRUSHES reflected in a lake or lapping water on the shore in SEAWASH.

We thought exploring some of these rug designs would be fascinating – the source of inspiration being fundamentally the same, the designs themselves could not be more different.

BULRUSHES

BULRUSHES
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs BULRUSHES

One of Deirdre’s more figurative designs and one that has captured people’s imagination and become a classic and was inspired by Deirdre’s painting of the same name.

This rug features the naturally abstracted forms of bulrushes, their bending shafts reflected and refracted in lake water.

Deirdre uses a graded wool/silk mix background to recreate the skyline and lake water which merge on the horizon to create this perfectly framed design.  The finished rug is so captivating one client choose to hang it on a wall of their home.

BULRUSHES won both the International Wool Carpet & Rug Awards (Design Sector) 2017 and the International Design & Architecture Awards (Flooring, Carpet & Rugs) 2017.

 

SEAWASH

SEAWASH indigo
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs SEAWASH INDIGO

The success of Deirdre’s SEAWASH rug design is all in the grade – which required Deirdre’s exceptional eye for colour to achieve this seamless ebb and flow effect.

Originally Deirdre designed the carpet in two versions, INDIGO (above) and BEIGE (below) which have become favourite designs amongst clients, we have created both large scale carpets and runners from this endlessly versatile design.

SEAWASH beige
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs SEAWASH BEIGE

SEAWASH comes alive hand knotted in lustrous 100% silk (as in the versions above), providing the perfect watery, iridescent finish but has also been recreated several times using varying colourways in hand knotted and gun tufted 100% wool versions.

 

NAUTICAL

NAUTICAL
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs
NAUTICAL

In NAUTICAL Deirdre again treats her source inspiration completely differently – abstracting sea water into fluid but solid geometric shapes, creating a feeling of depth and movement by alternating the same colours in wool and silk.

Clients can of course change these colours from the original water based palate but fundamentally this ‘breaking down’ of the sea to its most basic elements is the key to this design.

 

LILYPOND

LILYPOND
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs LILYPOND

For LILYPOND Deirdre created a subtle, light to dark grade to give the impression of still pond water.

This circular grade, a challenge for our weavers, creates a sense of depth and bursts of colour are provided by the silk lilypads creating a 3D  effect.

 

SEASCAPE and SEA MIST

 

Both these designs are based on light (silk bars) reflected on sea water (a graded wool background)

SEASCAPE is an incredible 7m in width, reflecting the expansiveness of the sea and a chance for Deirdre to illustrate just how large hand knotted carpets can be.

SEASCAPE features shots of sunlight on the sea’s surface whilst SEA MIST uses stormier hues and was made on a more domestic scale but is no less effective.

SEASCAPE is currently available in it’s original 7 x 2.3m size and as a 1 x 2.9m runner in our sample sale.

ROMAN POND

ROMAN POND
Deirdre Dyson Exclusive Carpets and Rugs
ROMAN POND

Whilst not strictly inspired by water itself, the first of Deirdre’s mosaic designs was inspired by mosaic lined Roman ponds, the intricacy of ROMAN POND poses a challenge to our weavers as the thin lines of wool ‘grouting’ around the ingots of silk are incredibly complex to achieve (and individually carve out) but the finished effect is stunning.

 

RIVULETS
The everyday source inspiration for this rug only adds to its allure  – RIVULETS mimics the trail of rain drops on a window pane – the simplest of inspiration led Deirdre to this wonderfully subtle graded design.

Finally this year’s LOOKING GLASS Collection was inspired by glass and glass objects including a water filled flask in LOOKING THROUGH, discarded pieces of sea worn glass in FLOATING GLASS and abstracted light and forms through glass and water in LIGHT FRAGMENTS.  See the full collection here.

Looking for inspiration for your home? Explore all of Deirdre Dyson’s entirely bespoke rug designs in our Design Library and imagine how you could make it your own.  Contact us with any enquiries.

 


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INSPIRE ME SEA

With the official start of summer less than a month away, nothing comes to mind more than blue skies, the shimmer of sun on the ocean waves, fun times by the sea or having a relaxing, cool beverage al fresco whilst people watching.

This years’ collection certainly has designs and colours that nod towards the summer season. In particular, SEASCAPE captures the scale and movement of the shoreline with the ‘Cote de Azur’ never feeling too far away.

With any graded design, you have a wider choice of colours to draw from.  SEASCAPE combines light green/mustard tones with shades of teals, greys and darker blue hues.

Whether you are using a single colour throughout, combining several colours together or just using one solid colour for a feature wall, you can’t go too far wrong in making a statement.

The following mood boards use our SEASCAPE design, showing us how we can adapt it for different spaces within our home. I’ve taken all inspiration from the carpet colours and by combining various products; have created three different looks.

Using the large-scale SEASCAPE (a whopping 2.35m x 7m), this size would only be suitable for the larger home and open plan living. Think penthouse warehouse, lounge area one end, dining area the other.

Pair a mustard leather sofa with some velvet and linen chairs and softer fabric window treatments to maximize light and texture. Velvet fabrics work best at adding tonal depth, such as these cushions from Kit Miles. Add playful colour combinations in larger spaces. These poufs from OPUMO do just that.  A few accent accessories such as these ceramic yellow vases, work well with green plants and inject a splash of juicy sun colour into any room. A dark blue table set with grey chairs or benches will provide ample dining space and appear silhouetted against a darker floor treatment.

The SEASCAPE runner would work well in a small or large entrance/hallway.

For smaller spaces, keep your walls light in colour and apply darker palettes to furniture and small features.

Combine vintage and modern pieces for a playful finish. Keep furniture narrow and a tad mix-matched for visual interest. These narrow and crude benches work well for small spaces and create seating and an area for shoes, bags or a place to read the post. Make a feature of coats and hats by adding coloured hooks at different heights, styles and finishes.

For the larger entrance hall, you can afford to go moody and darker on wall colour. The side board from Orchid combined with Wenlock round mirrors would certainly add a touch of style. Add to that some stunning vintage black and gold lamps and a few ceramic vases for additional visual impact. It’s about understated elegance, just like these black and gold hooks, avoiding excessive or highly decorative ornamentation. Darker spaces work well with dark, silhouetted furniture. The Bold chair by Moustache does just that and adds a twist and touch of understated modernity.