The word "toile" is pronounced "twall" and simply means "cloth" in French. The French patterned cotton fabric got its start in 1760 at a textile factory in the village of Jouy-en-Josas, southwest of Paris near Versailles. Toile has a distinct look, and comes in a range of colors and patterns. The original 1760's patterns usually depicted pastoral scenes of the French countryside. As time went on the more exotic Chinese themes became popular, as did famous moments from history. The Parisian company Manuel Canovas has the most beautiful Toile Collection of fabric and wallpaper. The colors are simply outstanding in today's hot colors of fushia, orange and purple. Come on in and check out the book!