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Community Commissions, Contests, & Advice

In addition to our Professional Tartan Design and Design Critique services, you can also get involved with our informal community of tartan design enthusiasts. They may not do this for a living, but amongst them you’ll find some very talented designers with a wonderfully creative eye. The best way to start is probably just to join (More...)

Tartan Design Guidelines

A tartan, when woven, should of course be aesthetically pleasing. This introduces considerations such as colour balance, or complementarity of shading (i.e. avoiding clashes) and symmetry, balance, and proportionality. Tartans are identified by the number of threads in each colour band when woven. This is the number that is adjusted in the ‘Arrange’ part of our (More...)

Tartan Inspirations

Tartan carries meaning far beyond most fabrics. Its design elements typically signify the interests or allegiance of the wearer (with the exception of what are often terms ‘fashion tartans’ that are chosen only for their use of colours that are in vogue at the time). Most older tartans would represent a Scottish clan, or a family, (More...)