Our company was founded 150 years ago in a little town in the Catalan part of France called Saint Laurent de Cerdans. Thanks to a man named Joseph Sans, who introduced power looms to the area, the town became known as the place to buy authentic espadrilles made by hand using the colorful fabrics made in his factory, called Sans et Garcerie. By the 1960s, business was booming and the factory employed over 170 workers.
In the 1990s the factory was sold to Mr. And Mrs. Quinta. They took this traditional fabric famous for its quality and durability and made it more cheery while maintaining a contemporary and sophisticated look.
They also renamed the company Les Toiles Du Soleil, which means ‘the cloth of the sun”. While the fabric is renowned in Europe, Australia and Japan, it wasn’t very well known in the United States (except to insiders like Martha Stewart who, at one time, offered it in her catalog).
The first retail Les Toiles Du Soleil opened in New York City in the winter of 2008 by Jean-luc Carrucciu and Sandrine Guibert, who is from the very town where the company was born.
The Les Toiles Du Soleil boutique sells these and other fabrics by the yard. Most are 100% woven cotton with generous 72-inch widths and made on old-world traditional looms. The boutique also carries Sunbrella fabrics, perfectly suited for the outdoors because they are sun-stain-and water-resistant.
In addition to fabric, Les Toiles du Soleil also sells a variety of accessories – throw pillows, tote bags, aprons and much more – all made in the store. Clients can customize anything from upholstery to accessories, even curtains for shower or window treatments.
We invite you to visit our online boutique and get excited about the possibilities for its use in your home.
To all of you, from all of us Thank you!
Les Toiles Du Soleil