Friday, February 10, 2012

Old, Yet Always New!

Even though it’s well known as a hallmark of French country design, Toile de Jouy fabric has the ability to give the sophisticated and romantic look to any space. It never goes out of style…

Toile was identified by its printed cotton, which was made in the eighteenth century the French village of Jouy -en- Josas, near Versailles. It was first available in floral and striped designs, followed by pictorial groups, which reflected the local news- stories told on fabrics. Different shades of red, blue, green and eggplant scenery were printed on a white or cream background.

Nowadays, Toile still collaborates with current interiors, as it has its feminine and masculine appeal, and has consistently provided rooms with the aura of grandness.

Photo 1 designers Kenyon Kramer & Jean- Louis Raynaud, photography by Andreas Von Einsiedel
Photo 2 courtesy of House Beautiful
Photo 3 designer Anne Singer, photography by Fritz Von Der Schulenderg
Photo 4 courtesy of Southern Accents, designer Dan Carithers, photography by Pieter Estersohn
Photo 5 designer Charles Faudreé, photography Jenifer Jordan


RAG said...

Beautiful! I like it better as a fabric than a's a little overwhelming!

quintessence said...

ADORE toile!!! I found a fabulous new modern version when in London by Boeme Design - London Toile!!

Picture of Elegance said...

The pattern can always be toned down by using subtle colored toile and other solid fabrics in the room.

I love it too…traditional with a modern twist!


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