On Trend: Traditional Tartan

 Although this print is not currently in the gallery, we'd be happy to help order if for you, please call us at 212-838-5488.

 Although this print is not currently in the gallery, we'd be happy to help order if for you, please call us at 212-838-5488.

Our gallery is full of inspirational prints, paintings, and photographs, making for nostalgic inspiration towards our future. The print shown above is a favorite, "The Companies of the 51st Highland Volunteers" gives off a colorful vibrance, leaving us longing for a seasonal plaid of our very own. “The discussion of fashion and home design is everywhere. We have always loved this image, and is now more relevant than ever” adds Robyn Pocker.

From it’s humble Scottish beginnings, to it’s present day hold on our hearts, we explore the rich history of plaid. 

Dating back as far as 100 BC, what was once originally referred to as tartan, was created by ancient Celtic populations deriving from both Ireland and Scotland. Each clan or tribe wore their own unique plaid which associated them with their specific region or district of the country. Your clan’s distinctive colors and pattern would quickly identify you as friend or foe. (Linda Holt Interiors)

Fast forward a few centuries, British and American manufacturers took note of this strong print, reviving it’s reign in the mid to later 20th century - nicknaming it plaid.

Later banned in England, over the years traditional tartans have earned their position as a key player in several global style movements. With a tricky history, plaid makes for an even richer future – securing it’s way from runway to tabletop.