We recently found ourselves fawning over Lady Deirdre Dyson (opens in new tab)'s gorgeous rug collection at Maison et Objet (opens in new tab) in Paris. Even our editorial director Pip McCormac couldn't resist the distorted, water-inspired shapes and patterns.
Titled the 'Looking Glass collection', Deirdre's eight new hand-knotted designs were each inspired by her observations of colours and forms through glass, glass objects and water.
But gorgeous forms aside, we were also tickled by her placement of the rugs in her catalogue, as each styled shoot perfectly illustrates ways in which you can make a striking feature out of any rug at home.
Here are five ways you can make a striking statement with a rug at home...
1. HANG FROM THE CEILING
We've seen gorgeous framed rugs and throws on the walls as of late. For example in Studio Peake's interior, a BFGF throw from A New Tribe is framed and hung on the wall to great effect – a look we've also spotted in Beata Heuman (opens in new tab)'s home. But Deirdre Dyson illustrates how rugs can be hung on their own, suspended on thin clear wire – thus leaving the texture there for touching.
Hanging rugs as an artwork also has the added benefit of improving acoustics in an open-plan space or a room with lots of glass, reducing reverberated noise.
2. MOUNT ON A WALL
Following the theme of art, a rug can easily be mounted against the wall – without the need for a frame. This makes a striking, textural artwork, and invites you to really look at a design, much more than if it were hidden underfoot and under furniture. With expensive or rare designs we think this is a rather clever way to show them off to full potential.
As rugs are soft and maleable, they are the perfect art for hanging on curved walls where a framed piece wouldn't work. Genius!
3. AT AN ANGLE
We love how the rug here is placed at a rather ridiculous angle as it really draws attention to the piece itself, and in this example it also helps connect the upper and lower spaces by spilling between the two.
4. ON ITS OWN
It's a habit of all of us to automatically try and zone a space by placing the furniture of an area onto a rug, thus creating a room within a room. But here we're reminded how sometimes it can be a bit of a waste to hide a rug under a piece of furniture (like under this bed for example), when they can be admired in full when placed on its own in a space, uninterrupted.
Or, if that feels too abstract, opting for see-through furniture can still showcase a rug without blocking the pattern.
And lastly, the classic way of placing the rug between two inward-facing seats. In this example a small side table is favoured instead of a coffee table, giving the best of both worlds; a surface to rest your cuppa on, while also leaving a pattern uninterrupted.
Deirdre Dyson's ‘Looking Through’ rug design began as a painting of the distortions seen through a water-filled flask against the real shapes behind. Deirdre Dyson's 'Transparent' rug design is a reinterpretation of decorative shapes on a coloured vase, while her ‘Light Between’ design is a play on contrasting monochrome grading with the illusion of light. ‘Slivers’ is a design that stems from a series of small flat discs of overlapping glass, combining 33 different colours in wool and silk.
The whole collection will be on show in the Deirdre Dyson Gallery (opens in new tab) on London’s King’s Road (554 King’s Road, SW6 2DZ) from February.
Deirdre says: “With this collection, my aim was to simulate a visual glassy appearance using wool and silk. A challenge indeed but I hoped that even if I failed to achieve this, I would still create exciting and interesting results and effects.”
Each Deirdre Dyson carpet is completely bespoke and can be made to order in any shape or size, fitted or free-standing (past commissions include fish silhouettes and a carpet seven metres wide).
Photography by Jake Curtis
Styling by Louisa Grey
Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.
Boho living rooms - the 9 rules interior designers use to make spaces feel full of personality
Boho living rooms are full of pattern, color and objets so getting the curation right needs expert design advice
By Fleur Britten • Published
A different color tile in every room may sound odd, but it's what brings so much joy to this small apartment
With the owners seeking to bring color to their Madrid apartment, this interior designer introduced bold, rustic charm with primary-hued tiling throughout
By Hugh Metcalf • Published
24 modern bedroom ideas – the world's best designers on creating uplifting and restful decor schemes
From calming colors to energizing textures the world's best modern bedroom ideas create peaceful spaces for a wonderful night's sleep
By Aditi Sharma Maheshwari • Published
34 living room ideas from our favourite homes, filled with designs and trends to inspire
Let our stylish living room ideas inspire you to switch up your color scheme, try a new layout or totally redecorate
By Amy Moorea Wong • Published
Bathroom tile ideas – from pattern and size to the latest trends, here's 19 ways to decorate your space with tiles
These bathroom tile ideas see designers experiment with color, texture and tile shapes to give washrooms a fresh new look
By Hebe Hatton • Published
Interior design trends 2022: 20 key decorating looks for the year, from materials to moods
Interior design trends shape how we decorate and style our homes. From colors to textures, accessories to building materials, experts explain the biggest and brightest for 2022
By Rohini Wahi • Published
16 living room wallpaper ideas that'll convince you patterned wallcoverings are the way to go
These brilliant living room wallpaper ideas offer up inspiration for how to apply print, pattern and texture to different areas of your scheme
By Hugh Metcalf • Published