Toile's were originally made in Ireland, but I bet you always thought they were French? Well the French did go wild for them back in the 18th Century when they created their own infamous Toile du Jouy. Today there seems to be a Toile Revival going on. Glossy interior magazines are ablaze with different Toiles this season and Porcupine Rocks has one to add to the collection.
This beautiful, 100% cotton fabric could be mistaken at first glance for depicting traditional French rural scenes, however, on closer inspection, it transpires that it is actually street scenes from Johannesburg (known as Jozi). Urban meets rural, formal meets informal, tradition meets modernity. The Toile Du Jozi fabric tells the story of an African city with a repeating pattern of a complex scenes. Available exclusively in the UK from Porcupine Rocks in traditional colours of black, blue and red, this 100% cotton fabric is just one design by South African based design duo Jann Cheritz and Jane Soloman, better known as Fabricnation.
This beautiful and versatile fabric has been made into a range of tea towels, aprons and oven gloves, bringing an air of sophistication to any kitchen. They look right at home nestled next to an Aga in a country kitchen, or sitting alongside the latest contemporary design in kitchen appliances.
However, you donʼt have to be confined to our range as, like all our fabric, it is available to purchase by the meter, so whether you want to re-upholster a chair or sofa, make some curtains or even a bedspread, you have the freedom to be as creative as you want. I am just about to make a headboard from the blue Toile du Jozi for our spare room.
Our Toile du Jozi was featured in Cover Magazine back in Spring 2016.