I guess it all started here, in this incredible country…toile’s roots, so to speak.
I know you don’t have to be French to love toile because I have German, Irish, Scottish and a little American Indian blood coursing through my veins and I absolutely love toile!
My husband is very tolerant and supportive of my decorating style but he has asked that we keep the whole ‘toile’ thing to a reasonable minimum. I try to comply, honest I do. Don’t get me wrong, he’s comfortable with his masculinity. I know this because I tested it early in our marriage when I painted our master bedroom a pale pink and used Ralph Lauren’s Allison pattern on our bed!
In a piece written by Patricia Cummings she tells us…”Toile (pronounced twahl) means “cloth” in French. “Toile de Jouy,” or “toiles de Jouy,” are terms that refer to fabric that was first manufactured at a factory in Jouy-en-Josas, a village located southwest of Paris, near Versailles.
Founded in 1760 by German-born Christophe-Phillippe Oberkampf, (1738-1815), a textile entrepreneur, the factory site was chosen primarily because of its proximity to the clear running water of the Bievre River”…
Hey, there is a German-born link to toile—no wonder I love toile, it must be in the genes. 🙂
I’ve found that I never grow tired of toile, in fact, when I see a new toile design in a shelter magazine or design book my mind immediately starts trying to figure out where I can use that particular color combination/pattern.
Do you love toile too?
Do you have it anywhere in your home?
If you have some new ways of using it, pass them along. I’m always looking for new venues for toile.
I love the idea of toile in unexpected places, like the back of this cupboard.