Raison d'etre

I am enthusiastic about home design and love French antique and vintage treasures.

This blog is about the things I find and use.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

More Cushions - Pillows

Toile de Nantes Valance fragment - Les Lois de Lycurgue

Antique French toiles - whether it be Toile de Jouy,  de Nantes,  de Bordeaux - de Rouen etc are a wonderful source for creating unique cushions.  While perfect lengths of toile are fabulous as upholstery, curtains or bed drapes, often enough can be recovered from a piece of damaged fabric to make cushions.  Frequently pieces are hand quilted, having originally come from old drapes, and, when cleaned, can be used with a cotton or linen vintage fabric to create cushions.  If not quilted a fragment will probably need to be strengthened by attaching it to a robust linen or cotton backing before being made up.

There are many books devoted to these delightful scenic toiles and I try my best to identify those I use, although this not always possible.

Cushions made from quilted toile de Nantes  and linen Vichy-type check

La Danse Savoyarde
Toile de Nantes - l'Art d'Amour
Toile with imagined scenes from Walter Scott
Toile de Nantes - Telemarque & Calypso


Fabulously French said...

Love the cushions, there is something about the antique toile de jouy that makes it much nicer as the colours are deeper than the modern designs.

amicalement, Leeann

angebleu said...

Hello Leeann,

They are aren't they? Some of the old ones are paler too but the greatest difference, I think, is that most modern toiles have relatively small vignettes spaced quite widely apart and with a lot of plain background.


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angebleu said...

Thank you Vivaan - I am so pleased you have found the information useful. I am passionate about these old textiles and am delighted to find others who have a similar view. I trust there will be more in future to interest you.