Toile is a word that entered the English language around the 16th century from a French word meaning "cloth" or "web" — particularly cloth or canvas for painting on. The word toile in modern English has multiple meanings.
Toile de Jouy originated in France in the late 1700s. In the French language, the phrase literally means "cloth from Jouy-en-Josas", a town of north-central France. Although it has been continuously produced since then, it experienced a marked upsurge in popularity around the year 2000. Previously only a decorating design, designers have been recently experimenting with toile-patterned apparel as well.
Ode to Jouy: Toile de Jouy the scenic-patterned, cloth of Jouy-en-Josas, France, was the height of fashion in 18th-century America. Traditional toile patterns continue to make a fashion statement in today's home decor and on fashion accents too. (On Trends/ Gifts and Accents).(Brief Article)
Dec 01, 2001; A. Blue Toile quilted pattern is available on handbags, as well as personal accessories, teddy bears, placemats, and napkins....
Interiors: Shopping - French Dressing; This Week, We're Allezing across the Channel to Take Our Inspiration from the Rustic Chic of a Cosy Cottage Deep in the French Countryside. C'est Magnifique!
May 25, 2002; 1 French salon two-seater sofa bench, pounds 895 (excluding fabric), Toute-Bagai; toile de Jouy fabric (on small cushion), pounds...