If I knew the French national anthem or could actually speak French, I would salute the French people every time I see a piece of Toile. But, since I cant, on behalf of myself and Toile lovers world wide, I say a heartfelt, merci beaucoup!
Even if you are not familiar with the word "Toile", chances are, you have seen it before. And, having seen it, you will not easily forget it. Yes, Toile is that memorable. Now, I realize that my opinion may be a tad biased since Toile and I enjoy such a long and exciting relationship, but trust me, this fabric is simply a-m-a-z-i-n-g.
What Is Toile Exactly....
Toile, (pronounced twall) is short for Toile de Jouy, and is a fabric used in home decor. The pattern on the fabric is repeated and traditionally depicts a fairly complex French Provincial scene that visually tells a story. Toile is usually one-color, most often greens, brown, black, dark red, blue and sometimes magenta on a creme or white background. Toile de juoy originated in France in the 18th century and is revered and loved for its romanticism and classic beauty.
There is something about this fabric that is so charismatic that it gives a space a whole new personality. It has just the right impact without being a show off. I like that.
Toile is a very romantic fabric. The patterns exudes a certain nostalgia that just warms the heart. With Valentine's day approaching, a touch of Toile for a table setting or perhaps your boudoir is a very cozy and refreshing look.
One of the things I love most about this fabric is its classic beauty. And we all know that classic only gets better with time.
Because of its one-color palette and vast array of themes, Toile is a very versatile fabric. Whether its a throw pillow, wall paper, curtain or bedspread, adding a bit of Toile to your decor will invigorate your space. Try Toile with gingham or a check fabric for maximum drama.
I hope this post inspires you to put a little Toile in your life.
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