The etymology of the word "toile" comes from the French word meaning "cloth" or "web" - specifically the type of cloth or canvas for a painting.

"Toile De Jouy" is the full name of the category of "toile" that we associate today with the type of cloth showcasing repetitious pastoral themes. Most toile patterns have a white or cream background and images in black, red or blue.

Although toile themes started out as a cloth patterns, they are also used extensively in china, ceramics, wallpaper and furniture fabrics. Toile was very fashionable in Victorian and early American Colonial times, and today is still widely used in these two styles of home decorating.