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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Toile de Jouy aka Toile

Toile de Jouy is a term that has survived time, history and fashion and has come to have a far broader meaning that it did in its origin. Once, the term was applied only to those fabrics that were created in the Jouy-en-Josas factory in France. These fabrics were intricately designed with mythological figures, flowers and fruits and birds, etc. (usually one color on a solid light background). Other images crept into the factories over time, and these included pastoral country scenes done in red, blue, purple or black monochrome and were labeled "toile de Jouy." It came to mean a style of print and not just the factory town where it was originated..

"Toile, popular since the mid-1700s, can go from refined to avant-garde in the blink of an eye. Walls upholstered in this historic printed cotton foster an irresistible intimacy."
I love it..

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