Enjoy the vintage seasonal postcards, specialty tartan collection and a bit of mood music!

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Enjoy this special selection of tartans!   

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 within the calendar year of tartans

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 within the calendar year of tartans

Bird of Paradise

Bird Day
Jan 5

The birds-of-paradise are mostly found in eastern Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and eastern Australia.

Golden Pheasant

Bird Day
Jan 5

This tartan uses a composite of shades in many varieties of the golden pheasant.

Gryfalcon

Bird Day
Jan 5

By designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan represents the Gyrfalcon, the national bird of Iceland. It is the largest and most powerful falcon in the world, and its plumage varies from white to grey to almost black.

Mountain Grosbeak

Bird Day
Jan 5

Oshidori (Mandarin Duck)

Bird Day
Jan 5

Australian Heavy Horse

Heavy Horse Day
Jan 18

Designed, firstly for the Clydesdale breed and then further extended to include all heavy work horse breeds in Australia, in recognition of the heavy horses in the establishment of agriculture in Australia and the revival of their use in the new millennium. The main colours of the tartan represent the breed of heavy horses. The dark grey and black also represents the use of horses in industry, with green for Australian agriculture and brown for the ploughed fields.

Black Raven

Nevermore Day
Jan 29

Designed for the raven (Latin name Corvus), one of the designer's favourite birds. Ravens are big, intelligent blue-black birds which often sit on top of a pole or high up in a tree and make particularly strange noises.

Groundhog

Groundhog Day
Feb 2

From the designer: "If the sun comes out on a clear blue morning, the Groundhog will see his shadow. Again, the darker "shadow" portion is asymmetrical as if light is shining on the lines from the left hand side. The turquoise seemed to go with the bright yellow and reminded me of a warm Caribbean vacation, which I am sure many people on the East Coast may be dreaming of right now."

Colours of Hope

World Cancer Day
Feb 4

Monarch

Western Monarch Day
Feb 5

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Indiana Cardinal

Valentine Bird Day
Feb 13

In 1933, the Indiana General Assembly chose the cardinal to be the state bird of Indiana. Also known as the redbird, the cardinal is the state bird of seven states: Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia.

Blue Whale

World Whale Day
Feb 21

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Polar Bear

Polar Bear Day
Feb 27

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Fawn

World Wildlife Day
Mar 3

by designer Carol A.. Martin this tartan uses the camouflage colours of the baby fawn.

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl Return Season
Mar 6

Artistic representation of the beautiful Snowy Owl. This design reflects the designer's love of birds, snow and Northern Canada.

Edinburgh Zoo Panda

Panda Day
Mar 16

Created to celebrate the arrival of a breeding pair of pandas at Edinburgh Zoo. The main colours of the tartan are black and white, directly representing the Panda’s. Grey shades have been added to soften the tartan as well as to convey the gradation of colour from black to white, as seen on the Panda’s fur. The red represents China as the pandas are their gift. Green has also been included to represent the pandas' favourite food, bamboo.

Old Frog (Frog Day)

World Frog Day
Mar 20

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Springbok

African Animal Day
Apr 3

Produced to celebrate the Springbok (antidorcas marsupialis), a swift and graceful gazelle of Africa, this animal gets its common name from its characteristic jumping display - 'pronk' in Afrikaans, meaning to boast or show off. The many different shades of green resemble the fertile veld of South Africa where the Springbok grazes. The Springbok itself was the inspiration for the centre of the sett, focussing on its beautiful lustrous eyes and the white patch on its back.

Atlantic Puffin

Puffin Watching Season
Apr 28

Atlantic puffin, a small and colourful bird sometimes known as the "clown of the sea" or the "sea parrot" found along the coastlines of the North Atlantic Ocean.

Leopard

Leopard Day
May 3

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Capercaillie

Capercaillie Lekking Season
May 7

The colours in this tartan reflect the beautiful plumage of the male Capercaillie.

Australian Donkey

Donkey Day
May 8

Requested by Australian donkey breeders to recognise all breeds of donkeys and to commemorate their assistance with man throughout history. Released 4th October 2006, the Feast of St Francis, patron Saint of animals, and also adopted as patron Saint of donkeys.

Bumblebee

Bee Day
May 20

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

5000 Pink Flamingos

Pink Flamingo Day
Jun 23

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Blackburn Appalachian

World Snake Day
Jul 16

Designed for the Blackburn family throughout the Appalachian region, the colours black, yellow and scarlet represent the coral snake, one of the dangers faced by generations of Blackburns, living in and migrating through green wilderness in the New World.

Glenguineapigs

Guinea Pig Day
Jul 16

by designer McSprea - a Glen Plaid variation on the Guinea Pigs for Deborah tartan

Guinea Pigs for Deborah

Guinea Pig Day
Jul 16

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Common Loon

Loon Days
Jul 17

by designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan evokes the intricate patterns and colours of the common loon

Luna Moth

Moth Day
Jul 18

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Year of the Tiger

Tiger Day
Jul 29

This tartan, created for The Year of the Tiger in 2010, represents the designers view of the colours of the tiger "white and gold with black stripes and yellow eyes. - Oh, and lots of sharp 'teeth'". ​

Pink Elephant

World Elephant Day
Aug 12

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

All Breeds Dairy Goats

Goat Day
Aug 21

A tartan to represent dairy goats of the world

Little Brown Bat (Bat Night)

Bat Night
Aug 27

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Peacock Feathers

Peacock Day
Sep 24

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Blue Lobster, Orange Lobster

Lobster Day
Sep 25

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Goose Watch

Goose Day (Michaelmas)
Sep 29

This tartan was inspired whilst on a ‘goose walk’ around Loch Lomond. The source of the inspiration came from observing the white-fronted geese (Anser albifrons flavirostris).

Red Rum

Red Rum Day
Oct 13

Commemorating the famous race horse Red Rum. Green was for the turf and Maroon and Gold were the racing colours.

Icelandic Horse

World Horse Appreciation Day
Nov 16

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Cheetah

Cheetah Day
Dec 4

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Miss Jenny

Cheetah Day
Dec 4

Palomino

The Day of the Horse
Dec 13

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Arctic Fox

Fox Appreciation Day
Dec 26

This tartan by Carol A.L. Martin, "represents the changing colour phases of the thick fur coat of the Arctic fox, which are shades of brown in summer and white and bluish-grey in winter. Their eyes are often a deep golden yellow. The Arctic fox is native to Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere and is the only land mammal native to Iceland."

Red Fox

Fox Appreciation Day
Dec 26

This tartan by Carol A.L. Martin uses the striking colors of the red fox.

Bird-of-Paradise

Bird Day
Jan 5

These birds are best known for the plumage of the males -particular for their highly elongated and elaborate feathers extending from the beak, wings, tail or head.

Golden Pheasant

Bird Day
Jan 5

The golden pheasant or Chinese pheasant, (Chrysolophus pictus) is a gamebird of the order Galliformes. It is native to forests in mountainous areas of western China, but feral populations have been established in the United Kingdom, Canada, United States, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Falkland Islands, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Gyrfalcon

Bird Day
Jan 5

Gyrfalcons were worshipped by the Vikings and highly sought after by European kings and members of the aristocracy. The gyrfalcon breeds on Arctic coasts and tundra, and the islands of northern North America, Europe, and Asia. It is also the official bird of Canada's Northwest Territories.

Bird Day
Jan 5

Bird Day
Jan 5

Clydesdale Horse

Heavy Horse Day
Jan 18

The Clydesdale, Percheron, Suffolk and the Shire are all important working horses in Australia.

Common Raven

Nevermore Day
Jan 29

This extremely intelligent and sociable passerine, steeped in mythology and legend was common and widespread throughout much of Scotland but is now confined mainly to western and south-western Scotland and the islands.

Groundhog

Groundhog Day
Feb 2

According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will persist for six more weeks.

Cancer Ribbons

World Cancer Day
Feb 4

Western Monarch

Western Monarch Day
Feb 5

The Western Monarch (Danaus plexippus) may be the most familiar North American butterfly, with its easily recognizable black, orange, and white wing pattern. ​ The North American monarch population is notable for its annual southward late-summer/autumn migration from the United States and southern Canada to Mexico. During the fall migration, monarchs cover thousands of miles, with a corresponding multi-generational return north.

Courting Cardinals

Valentine Bird Day
Feb 13

The bright red males are easily spotted, especially in the winter. Female cardinals are brown with a dusty red crest.Cardinals have been seen by many cultures as messenger birds who bring communications between the earthly and spirit world.

Blue Whale and Calf

World Whale Day
Feb 21

All blue whale groups make calls at a fundamental frequency between 10 and 40 Hz; the lowest frequency sound a human can typically perceive is 20 Hz. Blue whale calls last between ten and thirty seconds. Blue whales off the coast of Sri Lanka have been repeatedly recorded making "songs" of four notes, lasting about two minutes each, reminiscent of the well-known humpback whale songs. ​

Polar Bears

Polar Bear Day
Feb 27

Their scientific name means "maritime bear", and derives from the fact that polar bears hunt their preferred food of seals from the edge of sea ice, often living off fat reserves when no sea ice is present. Because of their dependence on the sea ice, polar bears are classified as marine mammals. ​

Twin Fawns

World Wildlife Day
Mar 3

The coloration of a fawn's coat helps the fawn to blend in with the forest floor and dappled light and remain hidden from predators.

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl Return Season
Mar 6

One of the largest species of owl, the adult male is virtually pure white, but females and young birds have some dark spots; the young are heavily barred, and dark spotting may even predominate. Its thick plumage, heavily feathered taloned feet, and colouration render the snowy owl well-adapted for life north of the Arctic Circle.

Panda mother and cub

Panda Day
Mar 16

The rarest member of the bear family, pandas live mainly in bamboo forests high in the mountains of western China, where they subsist almost entirely on bamboo, eating from 26 to 84 pounds of it every day.

California red-legged frog

World Frog Day
Mar 20

The California red-legged frog is found in California and extreme northern Baja California, northwestern Mexico. This species now occurs most commonly along the northern and southern Coast Ranges, and in isolated areas in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

"Pronking" Springbok

African Animal Day
Apr 3

The springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) is a medium-sized brown and white antelope-gazelle of southwestern Africa. The common name "springbok" comes from the Afrikaans and Dutch words spring = jump and bok = male antelope or goat.

Atlantic Puffin

Puffin Watching Season
Apr 28

The largest puffin population in the world is in Iceland. The scientific name Fratercula comes from the Medieval Latin fratercula, friar, a reference to the black and white plumage which resembles monastic robes.

Mother Leopard and Cub

Leopard Day
May 3

Both leopards and snow leopards have a melanistic variation in which their coats are fully black (though the rosettes can be seen as shadows). In this variation they are known as black panthers.

Capercaillie