Wednesday, January 26, 2011

TOILE ( pronounced - "twahl" )

  The word, Toile, basically means fabric or paper, printed in one color with a white or light background.
  Toile, entered the English language around the 16th century from a French word meaning,"linen cloth ", or "canvas". The word Toile in modern English has multiple meanings. Toile  de Jouy ,is sometimes abbreviated to simlpy,"Toile". Toile is a type of decorating pattern consisting of usually white background on which a repeated pattern ,depicting a fairly complex scence,generally of a pastoral theme, is the subject.  Toile also, often consist of an arrangement of flowers, where the pattern portion is a single color wave on a white or lite background.
   Toile is mostly  associated with fabric,though Toile wallpaper, is also very popular. Mordern companys have reproduced some wonderful patterns and made them  available on the market today.
  Toile de Jouy ,originated in France, in the late 18th century. In the French language, the phrase means, cloth from Jouy, a town of north central France. It was used since the 18th century, but it has experienced a marked upsurge in popularity in the 21st century.
   I have had, a Love affair with Toile for many years. I never seem to get tired of it. There was a few years there, when the world went Toile crazy, that I lost a little favor with it. I must admit, seeing it on tolet paper holders, bath towels and just about ever surface imaginable, could turn one off. I managed to move on from there, and it  is back in my graces. I love the old French patterns, and colors. I have tried to use a little bit of Toile in almost every room of my house. Some of the fabrics I have used are actually vintage or antiques, where others are reproductions. I just can 't keep from smiling when I see a beautiful Toile. Each one tells a story, like no other media can . I hope that Toile remains as popular as ever, and to me it  is ageless and never seems to be out of date.

Antique Dutch Colonial Chair with  Vintage Toile in Kitchen.

Geroge Washinton Vintage Toile by Schumacher.

I found this old vintage Toile in a warehouse sale.


Brown and White Toile in Laundry Room / Pantry.

Roman Blinds of  Brown and White Toile and Brown Gighman.

A Broom Closet was made with a Toile Curtain.

This Toile is called Four Seasons and it is by Schumacher.

Entrance Hall with Lee Jofa Toile Wallpaper.

This is a French reproduction Toile by Lee Jofa called Allegorie A L'Amour.

The colors are very Rich.

I wanted to show you my Gothic Window.

This wallpaper makes a great  Background for paintings.

A nice spot to read in the Library.

This  is an English Toile Reproduction made by Lee Jofa and designed by Christopher Moore.

Again a nice backdrop for my Rare and Unusual Iron Victorian Sofa.

A great view of the Library, very English.

Antique Toile Down Filled Quilt.

Love this Pattern and  Color.

This quilt was  bought by a friend at a house sale, sold to another friend,who sold it to me. 

Lee Jofa Historic reproduction Toile in My Bed Room.

Did I tell you my sweet Sister made all my Curtains?

The pattern on the Toile is very big.

A computer at the paint store matched the green paint to the wallpaper.

I just love the white wicker with the dark green paint and Toile paper.
   So set back and enjoy the Toile journey through, My Old Historic House.
I have included many pictures, so you can get the feel of the house and the Toile.  Have Fun!!!!!
    I have 4 rolls of the Entrance Hall Lee Jofa Toile that I would like to sell. Each roll is a triple and is 33 yards or 99 feet long. If you have 9 foot ceilings, each roll would make 10 strips. It is hand printed on very heavy stock and is not prepasted. It goes up really easy. If you are interested, just call. 573 242 9688. Sorry, I just sold it to a lucky bloger.
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Divine Theatre said...

I am a toile-oholic! I may be the first person in history to break into someone's home to steal their wallpaper! Keep your doors locked, Richard and sleep with one eye open! LOL!
I sent you my email address. I would LOVE to find the putti wall border if you have time!


Richard Cottrell said...

Thanks so much, Ms. Divine, you are always there for me. I just emailed with the Cherub wallpaper boarder information.Richard

Ornaments by Pink said...

thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures! Your home looks great! I especially love the beautiful vintage quilt!

Sweet Old Vintage said...

The toile is quite striking in your home...

lvroftiques said...

Well this probably won't come as any surprise but I'm a TOILE-O-HOLIC also!! Can't get enough of it!! And more is definitely better when it comes to a toile room *winks*
I really LOVED seeing your toile as well as more of your beautiful home Richard. That blackamoor is fab! And I've never seen a victorian sofa like that scrolled iron that you have. Thanks for sharing! Ok must go for a second look..... Vanna

lvroftiques said...

Oh forgot to add you sister does good curtains! *winks* V

Richard Cottrell said...

Thanks Vanna, My Sister sews for others as well , Richard

lvroftiques said...
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lvroftiques said...

I might just have a project for her?.....How would she feel about doing a bed corona? Does she do projects like that? I have a very sloped wall in my bedroom which you can see in the sidebar pictures of my bedroom. I've wanted to do some form of canopy for the longest time. Vanna

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

OMG< Richard your killing me here with all this want it me need it..Your sister is a great sewer Richard..Now I can see why your drapes are one of a kind...Thanks for more eye candy..did I tell you I have a Nekked side board ha ha!! God I hope that dome makes it back safe..I'm just sick over that..I just got my second lamp today broken from EBay am not having good luck ordering stuff this year and it's only Jan..Hope your day going great..Hugs and smiles Gloria

xinex said...

I love toile, Richard. Who wouldn't when it is so pretty and so Frenchy and has so much details to enjoy. Love your home! I love old houses!...Christine

andrew1860 said...

Great post! I love the George Washington & Down Filled Quilt Toile. The man in the portrait over the Iron Victorian Sofa kinda looks like JFK .

Rose Garden Romantic said...

I adore toile! What a beautiful post!

speystar said...

What has become of Christpher Moore these days? has lapsed...

speystar said...

What has become of Christpher Moore these days? has lapsed...

Rebecca Edwards said...

Im wondering if you could help me please. I have 16 m of Christopher moore toile material for sale. Im unsure where to advertise it. I have listed it on Ebay but im not sure if thats the right place for it. ...
It is such exquisite matetial.
Kind regards