Tartan Carpets have always been popular and will continue to be a great choice for any home or business. So we thought we would have a look in a little more detail at your options when it comes to choosing Tartan to decorate your home.
Tartan, known as Scotland’s most famous textile, is cloth woven with combinations of coloured threads in traditional patterns and is now an iconic symbol of Scottish Culture. The first mention of the word tartan in Scotland dates to 1538 and the popularity of this patterned cloth continues to be used in clothing, homeware and of course carpets to this day.
Originating in the Highlands where the local people used berries, mosses and various plants to dye their wool before spinning and then weaving it into the tartan patterns we known today. The tartan pattern consists of a series of interwoven vertical and horizontal lines known as a sett. As a concept to differentiate clans and families, tartan is a relatively new invention probably only dating to the Victorian period and following the standardisation of tartan for the Highland Regiments in the 18th Century. Prior to this time clansmen probably wore cloth woven in a variety of sets dictated by a particular area rather than familial or clan affiliation.