Tartan is a patterned cloth consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors. Tartans originated in woven wool, but now they are made in many other materials. Tartan is particularly associated with Scotland; Scottish kilts almost always have tartan patterns.
Tartan is often mistakenly called "plaid" (particularly in the United States), but in Scotland, a plaid is a large piece of tartan cloth, worn as a type of kilt or large shawl. The term plaid is also used in Scotland for an ordinary blanket, such as one would have on a bed.
Our artisan wool masters are located in Scotland, where the tradition of tartan-making has endured for more then five centuries.
Our weavers craft our tartans on looms, creating a rich, warm fabric that's hardy, yet soft to the touch.
We create custom tartans for universities, organizations, and families using our proprietary algorithm. We combine a pivotal year – such as when a university was founded – with significant geographic coordinates – such as an organization's headquarters – to create a beautiful, meaningful pattern.