Top 5 Tartan Carpet Designs

Published On March 5, 2018 | By Clare Louise | home improvement

The word “tartan” is known the world over as being associated with Scotland and, indeed, the tartan pattern in its current form did emerge from Scotland as far back as the early 1500’s and the word comes from the Scottish Gaelic language. Tartan is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bans in a variety of colours. In North America, tartan is often referred to as “Plaid”.

However, it is believed that the real origins of the famous tartan pattern go back much further than that. The inspiration for the tartan design probably came from Central European Celtic tribes and date back well over a thousand years. An example of a tartan-like pattern has even been found on mummified remains that date back as far as three thousand years.

However, it wasn’t until the nineteenth century that various tartan patterns become associated with particular Scottish tribes or clans. Today, the tartan pattern is used for paper, plastic, wall coverings and packaging but, and probably most popular, is Tartan carpets.

Classic Carpet Designs

Tartan carpets have long enjoyed an enduring popularity due to their beautiful and varied colours their versatility and their timeless and classical styles. The recent trend for all things “vintage” means that the popularity of tartan continues to grow and shows no sign of waning.

Right now, the top 5 most popular tartan carpet designs are:

  • Royal Stewart
  • Black Watch
  • Dress Gordon
  • Lindsay
  • The Jacobite

Royal Stewart (also known as “House of Stewart”) is the choice of Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Stewart carpets adorn the floors of her homes, Buckingham Palace and Balmoral.

Of course, while tartan is most strongly associated with Scottish kilts (and probably blankets too), the tartan design is also popular the world-over with a number of fashion designers such as Vivienne Westwood and the late Alexander McQueen who have used tartan patterns in everything from underwear to dresses, skirts, coats and jackets.

Tartan carpet has become so much more than the tangible embodiment of Scotland; it is a global motif of style and inspiration. But it is the use of the tartan design in carpet which has proved to be the most enduring and beloved. Today, homes and work places all over world are bedecked with tartan design carpets and that is a testament to how universally recognised and recognisable the design has become. Tartan carpet suppliers claim that sales have rocketed in the past 5 years in the growing era of style conscious millennials.

So, in the space of a hundred years or so, tartan has gone from being the emblem of obscure Scottish clans to worldwide expressions of grace and luxury and that journey still has a long way to go.


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