The glamorous French fabric making a comeback: toile

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The ultimate in 18th-century glamour, toile de Jouy is enjoying an unprecedented revival. Find out how to bring it into your home

Toile conjures up images of elegant, sophisticated French chateaux, gilded furniture and bewigged ladies in extravagant, beautifully trimmed gowns. The fabric – with its elegant, iconic scenes, usually printed in monochrome – has become a synonym for lavish 18th-century French style, but it’s now enjoying an unprecedented revival thanks to textile houses like Manuel Canovas, who have breathed new life into this classic (shown here, fabrics from Manuel Canovas at Colefax & Fowler‘s toile collection 2014). Whether you go for traditional designs in bold colourways or for striking, contemporary reinterpretations of the fabric, toile is sure to add a touch of French glamour to your home.

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