Announcement A collector's shop of rare and special early textiles. Sometimes all it takes is one special piece to inspire, transform a room, evoke a memory, tell a story.
A collector's shop of rare and special early textiles. Sometimes all it takes is one special piece to inspire, transform a room, evoke a memory, tell a story.
NURY WELCH on Jan 28, 2017
Oh my goodness , Wow, Wow!!, So precious as it is!!..highly recommended store, thank you so very much for everything, till next time: )❤️
Trouvais..in search of one of a kind treasures..
I started my design blog, Trouvais, in the Spring of 2009. Exploring color and texture and the rare find that imbues a sense of story and history naturally led me down the garden path to the world of precious and inimitable antique textiles.
After all the basics...it's "the find" that adds character to a home. I found myself tiring of the mass copying of original "unique" items found at Brocante fairs and flea markets, and the perfect, pristine homes in so many magazines. I ventured future and further to find those special pieces that are a piece of art, a piece of history...that simply cannot be mass copied or produced any more. Stumbling one piece at a time into a world where subtle differences matter. Falling in love with antique textiles. Learning through research, touch, attention to detail.
I work many one of a kind textiles into my home design. An 18th century piece of age-rubbed velvet, heavy with silver Ottoman embroidery, that evokes the Turquerie of a Liotard painting. A damaged robin's egg blue quilted skirt reworked into plump bedroom pillow. A favorite silk wall hanging with blue cornflowers and gold lilies cast across Pompadour pink field. Silk and satin waistcoats hang inside armoires...just so I can catch a glimpse of them when I open the doors.
Before the mid 19th century advent of sewing machines and mechanized looms and chemical salts used to add weight to textiles, silks floated and glowed and hand loomed brocades were intricate and complex. Fabrics were laborious to produce, expensive to own...and thus were treasured, handed down in families, donated to the church for nuns to reverentially form into ceremonial garb. Not a throw away culture. A gown was unpicked and reformed into a later style. Piecing was meticulous and careful patching extended the wear. An 18th century minor hobby industry sprang up using special tools to pick metallic threads from worn textiles.
Lastly, of course, my love of gardening draws me so often to florals...and thrills me to that common link over centuries. Old roses, violas, pinks, pansies and peonies..they are all there. I love the sense that humanity has always delighted to simple flowers and swooping birds and dancing children. One travels in time when one holds a piece of hand worked cloth. Like reading tea leaves...a textile lover connects to old stories. So...I invite you to my fantasy shop of found treasures. I buy what I love, and try to discipline myself to trade pieces out. I hope you find something interesting from my collection to add to yours.
Trish Lyon Allen
Creator of Trouvais, a blog about French interiors, rough luxe and flea market finds. I live in Northern California. Mother of two grown children, ardent gardener of old roses, and lavender. Earnest collector of 18th c and earlier textiles.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Money Order
- Other Method
Refunds and Exchanges
Additional policies and FAQs
The duration for payment is four months long. Payments are due monthly. The minimum down payment will be 15% of the total purchase price, due within 5 days of completing the purchase order. The other three payments will be due every thirty days. Once a layaway plan is agreed upon, payments should be on time and for the exact amount. There will be no refunds or credits on cancelled orders once the down payment has been accepted. The first payment is non-refundable, in the event the item is returned.