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Toile de Jouy Hardcover – November 24, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (November 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500511497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500511497
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 0.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Manon Kavesky on April 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Recently there has been an explosion in the popular applications of toile de Jouy's monochromatic patterns. You can buy anything from a dog bed to a light switch cover embellished with this venerable fabric. Although it may seem faddish, toile de Jouy has been a classic decorating choice for almost 250 years never falling out of favor.
A recently published book, Toile de Jouy: Printed Textiles in the Classical French Style brings focuses on the interesting history of this enduring fabric decorating staple. Toile de Jouy includes hundreds of vibrant color photographs gathering together antique fabrics, pattern sketchbooks, block prints, period clothing, and period soft furnishings. The photographs capture the amazing monochromatic fabric designs that we are familiar with, historical tributes, literary themes, everyday scenes, and bucolic country life. There are also fabrics that we are not likely to associate with toile de Jouy; blazing or muted multicolored florals and geometrics. Toile de Jouy also educates the reader about historical textile production, design, and the history of France during difficult political times.
The Manufacture Royale de Jouy, which produced these fine fabrics, opened for business in 1760 with just three employees. During it's 83 years in business The Manufacture Royale de Jouy accomplished the Herculean task of creating and printing 30,000 patterns. Famous artists of the day were courted to produce patterns and they accepted because the work had high visibility and was well paid. So popular were the fabrics that the annual receipts made it the second largest factory in France.
Always a fine and expensive product, toile was personally selected by Marie Antoinette and Napoleon for interior decoration in their palaces and stately homes.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Johnson on December 15, 2009
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Enjoyed this book. Well written and filled with colorful illustrations. Gained knowledgeable information regarding the history of Toile de Jouy. Used as a resource for a History of Interior Design report.
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