Definition: an 18th century French scenic pattern usually printed on cotton, linen or silk in one color on a light ground; broadly :a similar printed fabric
Origin: French, literally, cloth of Jouy, from Jouy-en-Josas, France. First known use: circa 1920.
Basic examples of Toile de Jouy "toile"are below:
Most toile designs tell a story, lots of people and animals..
New York City Toile as painted by Paige Smith in the dressing room of the New York Lilly Pulitzer store.
The Lilly Pulitzer Philadelphia store...
One company called Town Toiles has come out with custom toiles for a few popular vacation spots. They have products available on their website..very cute. Nantucket is the green and pink above and Boston is the blue one below.
Toile became very popular around 2000 and it became a little over done in my opinion. There are some beautiful examples of toile out there..here are a few...
I have been on the hunt for a blue and white toile for my bedroom but all the ones I find are cream and blue. This one just popped up the other day and it might be what I end up with..Scalamandre Ouistiti-it would definitely work with my plan.
I might hit up some fabric stores on my road trip in a couple of weeks, you never know what you can find off the beaten path!