toile de Jouy


: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The model paired the blue version of the suit, which also includes a classic toile de Jouy print and a ruffle trim on the bust and straps, with a white collared crop top and a pair of low-slung cream trousers that gave the illusion of hip cutouts. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 May 2022 Some of his greatest early masterpieces feature the toile de Jouy. Vulture, 9 Feb. 2023 Above: Antique headboards and toile de Jouy bedding bring Old Continental charm to a guest room at Casa degli Atellani in Milan. ELLE Decor, 24 Oct. 2022 For instance, back in May, Hadid was spotted wearing a one-piece toile de Jouy swimsuit from her collaboration with Frankies Bikinis as a party top. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Aug. 2022 Think: Rattan furniture, toile de Jouy, and an overall calming color palette. Mélanie Nauche, Vogue, 30 June 2022 The Bungalows feature the House’s creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri’s toile de Jouy prints around the walls in shades of rich pink and gold of neon framboise pink and punchy chartreuse. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Her design plays on toile de Jouy, the popular 18th century style of French wallpaper and textiles that shows imaginative pastoral scenes. Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2021 Mon Rouge was inspired by her own bed with its 19th-century red satin coverlet highlighted by white appliquéd cotton and its toile de Jouy bedcover. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 7 May 2021 See More

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Word History


French, literally, cloth of Jouy, from Jouy-en-Josas, France

First Known Use

1784, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of toile de Jouy was in 1784

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“Toile de Jouy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

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