We are finishing the renovation of two new De Luxe Rooms decorated in famous wall fabric called “Toile de Jouy”! These two rooms will be available Saturday 28 of February 2015, in 4 days :-)
At the Hotel Mayfair Paris, we have 6 De Luxe Rooms and 1 Junior Suite with Toile de Jouy. Each one is uniquely decorated with its own colour and pattern.
This renovation is the opportunity to explain what Toile de Jouy is. So let’s have a short history lesson below!
At the end of the 17th century, Europe discovered beautiful cottons from India that were painted with flowers and vividly coloured animals.
However, the stiff competition this brought to traditional silk and cotton manufacturers caused Louis XIV to ban imports of manufactured cloth throughout the country. In 1759, with the lifting of the ban, many foreigners who had become the only experts in this field moved to France.
Among them, Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf, engraver and printer from Württemberg (Germany), established a factory in France, in a village called “Jouy-en-Josas”.
“Jouy-en-Josas” was chosen because of its water quality and its proximity to Paris and Versailles.
Production began in 1760. The factory became the largest in Europe, employing 1,237 people in 1821.
In the course of his career, Oberkampf was awarded the Legion of Honor by Napoleon himself.
The village still exists nowadays and there is a “Toile de Jouy” museum to visit.
That was as short as possible, so next time you will stay at the Hotel Mayfair Paris, do not hesitate to ask for a De Luxe or a Junior Suite “Toile de Jouy” Room, and think about its history!