Deirdre Dyson recently completed a large-scale residential project which required her to design of six carpets for the bedrooms of a Manhattan apartment by celebrated Interior Design Remi Tessier.
Deirdre selected one adaptable rug design, SEA MIST, and then created six different custom grades for each carpet with corresponding bars picked out in complimentary silks. This allowed continuity between the rooms whilst creating unique versions of each.
The finished carpets add cohesion and flow to the otherwise understated rooms, where surface materials have been carefully selected in muted tones for their luxurious, light and tactile properties.
The carpets add a burst of individuality to each bedroom and dictate the colour palette. Surrounded by the refined natural surfaces (marble, oak) and of course glass – the incredible views speak for themselves and remain uninterrupted. Each room now has its own identity without dominating as per the original brief.
Essential texture is added by these hand knotted designs, graded in Tibetan wool with bars of pure silk. Another layer of luxury on the uniform oak parquet floors with a sumptuous feel underfoot.
Each bespoke rug defines the room it’s in – the upholstery on an eye-catching and fun pair of Edra Fauteuil Rose chairs was colour matched exactly with a deep red selected from the grade in the ‘red’ version of SEA MIST.
Whereas in the main suite the blues of the grade are reflected in oversized velvet cushions and even the blue of the en-suite taps.
Finally, pieces from the owner’s extensive art collection were selected to compliment Deirdre’s colour choice for each bedroom.
The entire scheme works in harmony anchored by these specially created rug designs – a sense of comfort, restfulness and luxury in this already architecturally impressive home.
As a rule Deirdre Dyson avoids repeat patterns in her designs.A fine artist, she treats each new carpet as a canvas.Every design begins as a hand drawn and coloured sketch which naturally lends an organic and sometimes asymmetric feel to designs where form and colour are key.
Deirdre’s carpets have been described as ‘artworks for the floor’ and it is ultimately what they are.
This artistic approach lends itself to the age old manual processes used by our artisan weavers.Repeats can be left to the machines!
This approach has never been limiting – over the years Deirdre has continually explored ways to push the design process in different ways, using abstract forms, experimenting with pile height, complex colour grading and juxtaposing both geometric and figurative forms in wool and silk (or a mixture of both) However, some of Deirdre’s most interesting designs involve layering of motifs and colour to create a depth and 3D quality which gives yet another dimension to her unique rug designs.
We’re going to take a look at some of these designs and how the layering of motifs and/or colours add to the overall aesthetic of Deirdre’s bespoke creations.
Some of Deirdre’s most appealing and timeless designs are formed from organic shapes and colours intersecting – rugs like CONTACT, SLIDES and LIME JUICE to name but a few.
NAUTICAL is also a great example – the same colour is rendered in both wool and silk and creates a ‘lapping’ effect mimicking water.
Sticks are one of Deirdre’s simplest, but no less effective, motifs and have been used simply in designs such as SHIMMER, BLUE BARS and SCATTER however it’s when these sticks literally ‘fall’ on top of each other in designs such as the aptly named FALLING STICKS or ATTITUDE (pictured above) that Deirdre can really play with juxtaposed colours to create an added dimension to the designs.
Deirdre employs the same techniques to her ribbon designs – the satisfying tangle of ribbons in FALLING RIBBONS or the overlapped fluidity of CARNIVAL add a depth, form and lightness to these carpets.
DAWN (pictured) is a stunningly clever design, here Deirdre has used opposing grades of wool and silk in a simple linear pattern overlapping each other.
In UNRAVEL (below) the overlapping, opposing grades give the impression of depth, a carpet on a carpet or a floating ‘magic’ carpet which adds an amusing element to the design.
In WINDSWEPT (pictured) Deirdre has used another motif drawn from nature – leaves.
Deirdre has used leaves in several designs including FALLING LEAVES and SCATTERED LEAVES but employs them here in an entirely different way creating a brilliantly rendered deep ‘pile’ of autumn leaves which are literally tumbling on to the ground.
In this year’s OFF CUTS Deirdre employs the same technique with discarded paper offcuts which when ‘piled’ together appear as spindles or batons stacked together.
The colour selection is what makes this design, so much so that unusually the ‘off cuts’ themselves are hand knotted in wool rather than silk. The contrasting fibre unnecessary as the trompe l’oeil effect is successfully created by Deirdre using colour alone.
To discover the full range of Deirdre Dyson’s bespoke rug designs visit our Design Library.