Toile de Jouy is a specific type of linen printed with romantic, pastoral patterns in a single color—usually blue or pink on a white or ivory fabric. When you think of this stunning vista you’re generally picturing a busy pastoral theme such as a couple having a picnic by a lake or an arrangement of flowers. Toile, as it is more commonly known, is a type of decorated pattern consisting of a white or ivory background on which a repeated pattern depicts a complex design.
The word “toile” comes from the French word for linen cloth. The word is shortened from the full name Toile de Jouy, which means linen or cloth from the town of Jouy-en-Josas, in the suburbs of Paris. Printed toile fabric was originally produced in Ireland in the eighteenth century. The printed textile quickly became popular across France, when the German-born Christophe-Philipe Oberkampf opened a factory in 1760. Oberkampf’s factory was one of the first major producers of Toile. Even though the printed fabric was originally Irish, the textile became known as Toile de Jouy or Toile for short, eventually spreading across the rest of Europe. Mainly associated with fabrics like bedding, curtains and upholstery in particular, Toile can also be used on a wide variety of fabrics which are more commonly found in country houses or at large themed garden parties. Toile designs were originally produced in Ireland around the mid-18th Century and quickly became popular in Britain and France. Although the designs have been around for many years, Toile has experienced a marked upsurge in demand and designers have been recently experimenting with toile-patterned duvet covers, bedspreads and matching curtains to create the perfect bedding vista for your bedroom.
Our stunning Toile de Jouy bedding range is made from a sumptuously soft 200 thread count cotton percale fabric which washes with ease and has an easy care finish to help with creasing and to make ironing a breeze, this bedding range is a joy to have in your linen cupboard.
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