I have always loved toiles. There is something so charming about them. I
love the little pastoral scenes and the simplicity of using one strong colour. Toile fabric makes a strong statement for interiors and they can be used for curtains, upholstery and cushions and combined effectively with other fabrics especially stripes.
Toile de Jouy fabrics were originally produced in France in the 1700's. The name literally means "cloth from Jouy - en Josas" which is a town in north central France. It has been continually produced since that time and now many different fabric manufacturers have their own designs. They are usually produced using only one colour although more recent versions combine two.
Several years ago I had the opportunity to produce a story on toile fabrics. The piece, called Timeless Toiles, ran in Country Living Gardener magazine. The images from that piece are depicted here. All photographs by Ellen Silverman.
It was great fun sourcing the many different colour variations and coming up with creative ways to show them in the pages of the magazine.