Modern designs bring toile style back to homes

Toile is back, and guess what? The new patterns are brilliant and beautiful! I know what you are thinking. Toile? Isn’t that the traditional, overly busy pattern that our parents and grandparents used for decades? The pattern that had weird scenes of people from centuries ago? Yep, that’s the one. Except the new designs are far better than you could ever imagine. Now, for anyone who isn’t familiar with toile, here’s a brief history lesson. Toile de Jouy, most commonly known as toile, is a repeated pattern depicting a complex scene with characteristics of floral, figure or landscape design. Toile originated in the 18th century in the small town of Paris, Jouy-en-Josas, and became a staple not only in France, but in Europe as well. Toile became widely popular in the United States during the colonial era, depicting various historical areas, like Colonial Williamsburg. A common practice was to cover an entire room in this pattern, from wall coverings to draperies to bed linens. A resurgence of popularity came about in the 1930s and 1970s, in both home décor and fashion. But by the mid-’90s, busy patterns had been replaced with cleaner, more minimal styles, and toile quickly became a thing of the past. Until now.


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