We are proud to say we work with the finest weavers in Scotland to offer you a vast range of tartan kilts for all occasions! If your ideal kilt isn’t in stock, we’ll do our very best to have it specially woven in the colour you want! From hand stitched tartan kilts, gorgeous made to measure jackets, sgian dubhs, belt buckles and Scottish made sporrans; we have a huge variety of clothing and accessories for men, women, and children! If you’re unwise when it comes to tartan, read on - because today we’re hoping uncover some interesting facts about its different shades.

Tartan Kilts, Why The Different Shades?

The process of dying and weaving to create a kilt is a skilled art. Our tartan kilts are poles apart from mass produced, substandard items available on the high street. So we want you to rid those expectations of completely indistinguishable tartan kilts, because the art of crafting a kilt is far superior. With this in mind, we do obviously carefully craft coordinated items that are distinct from the rest; so if you order a blue tartan kilt, you don’t need to worry about receiving a red one! Despite popular belief, tartan designs originally had no names, and no symbolic meaning. However, the firm of William Wilson & Sons of Bannockburn created names for their varying designs of tartan as a sales technique in the 18th century, and around 100 years later these ‘clan’ names began to stick. We’re not going to limit you to a certain tartan design representing your family name though, as it’s not necessarily going to be the same tartan that your ancestors would have worn hundreds of years ago. So whether you want to reconnect with your Scottish heritage, or you just love our tartan products, you’re free to choose the tartan colour and design for you! Traditionally, tartan shades were often very broadly defined by their more prominent colour, such as our ‘blue/red’ examples above, however you’ll never find only one colour in your tartan item. It’s no exaggeration to say that a blue kilt might be woven in varying shades of purple by one weaver and sea green by another. These are both correct, and an authentic weaver will not only accept this tradition of variation, but will positively value it. An ‘ancient red’ kilt may appear orange, or a ‘weathered green’ one brown, so when browsing our items it’s wise to keep an open mind. If you read our product descriptions with very particular expectations or view the photography of a tartan item with a meticulous eye, then you may be in for a surprise! Tartan fabric is like no other, and as a key part of Scotland’s history, we embrace the traditional and unique final result of a tartan product. Although kilts are traditionally made from woollen tartan cloth, something to remember about kilts is that they can be made from other materials. Tweed, for example, is another popular alternative to standard kilt materials.

Contact The Scottish Kilt Company Today

For the highest quality tartan kilts please browse our range at the Scotland Kilt Company today. We have over 100 different tartan variations so you’re sure to find the right tartan for you! To learn more about our collection of tartans, please send us an email at sales@thescotlandkiltcompany.co.uk, give us a call on 0131 553 3472 or send us a message via our online contact page.