There are some very unusual categories of tartans in the Official Register, with new designs being created all the time!

Enjoy this eclectic selection of curious tartan categories!

All officially registered tartan graphics courtesy the Scottish Tartans Authority.


Curiouser and curiouser!

Alice in Wonderland

Let's all sing like the birdies sing ... tartan tributes to the songbirds, the birds of prey, and the ornamental.

Feathered Friends

There are tartans for holidays, historical days, food days, maybe even your birthday! Visit our Tartan Calendar for special days throughout the year to see official and designer tartans.

Tartan of the Day

By far, dogs outnumber all other animals with official tartans. "A house without a dog, a cat, or a little child is a house without joy or laughter."(Scottish Proverb)

Man's Best Friend

Mythic, children's storybook, cartoon, and other creatures of the imagination inspire some of the more whimsical designs from tartan artists.

Fictional Creatures

A distinctive pattern such as tartan is an unusual but instantly recognizable way to get your brand colours noticed.

Food & Beverages

Happy Hogmanay and New Year!

Hogmanay & New Year's Eve

"Sing me a song of a lad that is gone ..."


Trees are a natural subject for tribute tartans - with their diversity of natural colours and deep links to folklore and mythology.


Be my valentine!

Valentine's Day

Tributes to the beauty of the universe ...

Astronomy & Natural Wonders

Happy Birthday in tartan! Is there a special tartan associated with your day of birth? Find out!

Birthday Tartan

Home to The Red Thistle Dancers in the San Francisco's Bay Area, many tartans have been designed for "The Golden State" and other special connections to Scotland in the United States.

California - The Golden State

An interesting and sometimes unexpected cast of characters have been memorialized in tartan.

Famous & Infamous

Film and TV have provided new inspiration for tartan design, whether the subject matter is Scottish or not.

Film & Television

Let the games begin!

Fun & Games

"Oh say can you see by the dawn's early light ..."

Independence Day - United States

From Atlantis to Xanadu, people have been fascinated with places of legend and folklore. A surprising number of tartans commemorate some of these fictional realms.

Fictional Places

Some officially registered tartans are just uncategorizable!

Humour & Irony

Common or wild, endangered or family pets, animals are a popular source of inspiration for creative tartan designers.

Zoo & Bestiary

In addition to Scotland's most famous poet, Robert Burns, other authors and poets have been commemorated in tartan.

Authors & Poets

Tartans for and as tribute to the ploughman poet!

Robert Burns

Merry Christmas to all with a festive selection of tartans for the season!


Immortalized through music, books, or legend, these tartans evoke the nostalgia of beloved children's characters or the tragic figures of legend.

Fictional Characters

Tartan designers have a special interest in the thistle flower, the national Flower of Scotland, but many flowers are a natural match for the inspiration of tartan colors.

Flowers & Flora

Goblins, ghosts, and witches for the Samhain Season!


Solidarity and inspiration can be embodied in tartan.

Inspiration & Motivation

The wearin' of the green - in tartan!

St. Patrick's Day

There are official tartans for almost every state in the Union!

Tartans of the United States

Officially registered tartan graphics on this site courtesy of The Scottish Tartans Authority.  Other tartans from talented tartan artists may also be featured.

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