I am just crazy about Toile!
The word “toile” has different meanings in English, from “cloth” to “web.” In design it refers to fabric with a repeated pattern in one color, usually a pastoral scene or floral motif. Originally from the French town of Jouy-en-Josas, Toile de Jouy dates back to the late 18th century.
Carpet store on Ben Yehuda Street
One of the first words I learned in Hebrew was “shateach”, meaning carpet or rug. Before I lived here, I used to come here and buy small handwoven carpets made from silk, wool, cotton and various combinations of the three materials. Israel is the land of the “magic carpet”, there are so many beautiful, well made authentic rugs and carpets to choose from.
This shop “Iran carpet bazar” is on the corner of Ben Yehuda (#111) and Ben Gurion streets in Tel Aviv. On any given day (as long as the sun shines) the carpets are laid out on the sidewalk for display, repair, cleaning and drying. It is not unusual to step on a carpet on your way past this busy intersection, I always feel bad stepping on them but no one else seems to mind.