Regional French Fabrics going global

The almost exclusively striped fabrics from Les Toiles du Soleil carry the names of the villages from the French Catalan region around St-Laurent-de-Cerdans where they are being manufactured since 1873.

I guess I am a little biased: I have known them my entire life vacationing since early childhood and latter getting married in one of those villages.

The factory was almost extinguished and had only 14 employees left in 1993 when Françoise and Henri Quinta, an architect and interior designer, bought it after falling in love with it and it’s outdated fabrics.

They renamed the company and worked on modernizing and bringing back to life the ancestral fabrics woven exclusively with cotton and Linen. The success came with Japanese buyers at the first Maison & Objet fair the company attended and has never ceased since. The fabrics and derived home furnishings are distributed internationally in stores in Paris, New York and Japan.

The fabrics come in a large width of 180 cm (72”) and in narrow widths of 43/ 50 cm (17 and 19”) perfect for deckchairs. To this day they are woven on antic looms dating back to the 1940’s involving many manual steps and artisanship. They are extremely solid, bleach resistant (!), and some come in a Sunbrella even more resistant version to be used outside.

They make fantastic upholstery fabrics and can update the look of anything from a Louis XVI to Danish Teak armchairs. Because of some of their bright colors they are often seen as warm climate/ vacation house/outdoor fabrics but they also come in beautiful muted colorways that will bring just a twist in classical interiors.

Enjoy the pictures and for more information on a jewel of the Catalan coast click here.

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  • I’m in love with these fabrics! So cheerful and colorful. Thank you for telling us about their history. I love the story of Françoise and Henri Quinta. Wonderful, wonderful! I love their dedication and vision in what this company could be. I just want them to be successful, don’t you?ReplyCancel

  • Hi Corinne, how awesome your pictures are! The colors are so beautiful. Need to buy more in august 🙂ReplyCancel

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