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Definition: Toile

In French, the word toile (pronounced "twall") refers to a simple woven fabric or canvas. But when people say "toile" in regards to home decorating, they are usually talking about "toile de Jouy," a textile design style that originated in 18th century France.

This classic pattern typically depicts noble-looking people and animals in scenic outdoor settings, such as farms, parks, and gardens. The designs are usually rendered in a single color — such as black, red, blue, or green — and the finely etched images are printed on a white or off-white background. Toile is most often found on fabric, such as drapes and upholstery, as well as wallpaper.

via Girl Meets Glamour

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Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 9 years
I'm not fond of Toile AT ALL I was working in retail a few years ago and the toile fad hit with curtains... OMG were they UGLY !!! But Yum, I could totally see where toile for the scrapbooking people or stuff could come in handy ...
TrinityOne TrinityOne 9 years
Too much going on for me. I might use it as a few small accent pieces like a lamp or something... actually, no I probably wouldn't even use it that way. Just not my style.
netty82 netty82 9 years
Toile is moderation! That is just busy, busy, busy!
Womenfest Womenfest 9 years
Got red toile PJs for my birthday, haven't worn them yet but the first cold night - I'm in em!
Food Food 9 years
i love/hate toile. actually make that hate/love toile. My instincts say HATE IT. HATE IT. HATE IT. I would never put it in my house. it looks so stuffy and bleh. And yet when I buy fabric, I am always drawn to the twee-ness of Toile. So I have more than a few yards of it in my craft "area" (no room for a craft room), but have no idea what i'm going to do with it, as I don't really ever want it in my house... Maybe the lining for a handbag? lagirl06 - potterybarn had a matine toile set in yellow last summer. it doesn't look like it's in stock right now, but maybe ebay?
Heart-Holland Heart-Holland 9 years
I think it looks great in small amounts; I may buy a switchplace with the print but wouldn't bring it to the bed.
lagirl06 lagirl06 9 years
Ah I am on the search for yellow toile sheets! If anyone knows where to find them please please please send me a message! Thanks!
redsugar redsugar 9 years
Is it me or does every photograph of a room with toile always have EVERYTHING covered in it.
Catinlv Catinlv 9 years
chancleta chancleta 9 years
i heart toile!
aurora420 aurora420 9 years
toile is so lovely...i have it in my bathroom...
joy76 joy76 9 years
Not bad, best to be used as an accent wall, I think it needs to be used in minimal moderation to get the beautifed effect. Don't like the way it is used in this picture too many things going on tacky is not even the word for it! ;-(
yayapapaya yayapapaya 9 years
the room reminds me of garden state
Hollisterbabe01 Hollisterbabe01 9 years
Very Tacky!
MamaD MamaD 9 years
I like toile but would throw up in a room this busy!!!
jeunesse jeunesse 9 years
I love toile in the the variety of color combinations it comes in, of course black and white/red and white but then there are other more unusual combinations that look even more antiquated, like rose and green, etc. I like it in small doses and it combines well with other eras--it's classic!
askmetostay askmetostay 9 years
love pretty and girly!
Summathis Summathis 9 years
Oh man... I love toile. There is a cool site called towntoile that has different city themed toiles. I am making lampshades out of the NYC one.
crochick crochick 9 years
so tacky
laura1867 laura1867 9 years
I love toile...I have a red version as and accent chair in my guest bedroom. lovely really!
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