Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Mad About Toile

"Toile de Jouy, sometimes abbreviated to simply "toile," is a type of decorating pattern consisting of a usually white or off-white background on which a repeated pattern depicting a fairly complex scene, generally of a pastoral theme such as, (for example), a couple having a picnic by a lake. Toiles also often consist of an arrangement of flowers. The pattern portion consists of a single colour, most often black, dark red, or blue. Greens, browns and magenta toile patterns are less common but not unheard of. Toile is most associated with fabrics, (curtains and upholstery in particular), though toile wallpaper is also popular. Toile can also be used on teapots and beddings."

Toile de Jouy originated in France in the late 1700s. In the French language, the phrase literally means, "cloth from Jouy-en-Josas," a town of north-central France. Although it has been continuously produced since then, it experienced a marked upsurge in popularity around the year 2000. Previously only a decorating design, designers have been recently experimenting with toile-patterned apparel as well, although toile-patterned shirts were widely worn in the 1970s. (Wikipedia)

(Image from Designs by Bethann)

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(Image from Lnique)

(Image from Tiff Stotes)


  1. I am mad about toile too! Especially the blue and white kind :)

  2. I have always loved it. It is an art form!