Tartan Design & Identification

Here's the best on the web for finding out all you want to know about tartans - history, identification, design, and selection.  Scroll down or click on a menu selection below to find the best ways to search and identify tartans.

If you would like to own your own materials, check out a selection of books on tartan on our shopping resources page. 


Find a Tartan

(click on the picture)

Scottish Tartans Authority
History, shopping, and search (colour, name, number, keywords)
Scottish Register of Tartans
Search by name, designer, category, keywords, and colour
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Identify a Tartan

Got a tartan you can't identify?  Here's some things to try.

House of Scotland
Visual database of tartan and tweed in which you can see many images at once - search by colours or name
Do a Colour Search
Use one of the registries above and do a search by colours.
Google Image Search
Take a screen shot of your tartan and do a reverse image search
House of Tartan
Reverse tartan search by enumerating the colours in order
Curious and Unusual Tartans
Appeal to friendly special interest facebook groups and use the power of crowdsourcing
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Design a Tartan

Got a an idea for a tartan?  Want to have a special design for your family name, an organization or cause.  Design your own and see it realized in print or woven to order.   Register it officially!

Use their tartan design tool to create your own - options to have yardage woven
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Adopt a Tartan

Want a tartan of your own?  Unclear if you have a historical connection? There are a set of universal tartans that everyone can wear.  For example, Most kilt rental agencies offer Black Watch and Flower of Scotland as universal tartans.

With the explosion of tartan design, there are more choices than ever.

Scotland Shop
Universal tartans
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