by Maxwell Tielman FACEBOOK TWITTER PINTEREST Text by Amy Azzarito. Design by Maxwell Tielman. Check out Amy’s Past & Present post about Tartan for more history! Emily says: January 16, 2014 at 8:50 am A little design history is a great way to start the day – more of this! Reply Abby says: January 16, 2014 at 11:48 am I love this! Tartan forever. Reply Tennyson says: January 16, 2014 at 12:45 pm In LOVE with this series. Great illustrations and histories. Can’t wait for more! Reply Emmy says: January 16, 2014 at 3:10 pm Very interesting! I’ve always wondered about the difference between these. Really liking this series. Reply Elsie Collins says: January 17, 2014 at 12:03 pm I’d like to clear a few points here on tartan vs. plaid. Tartans are specific patterns and colors that originated in Scotland, as a way to identify each clan, as far back as the 10th century. Each proper historically based tartan is associated with a particular clan, which is why the wearing of the tartan was banned by the English after the Highland Clearances of 1745. A plaid is more of a bastardised version of the tartan, and has no historical significance. That said, a proper taran cannot be called a plaid. I am of the MacPhee clan of the 10th century in Colonsay, a tiny island in the inner Hebrides. Reply Kate says: January 17, 2014 at 4:55 pm so is a gingham on a colored back ground a tartan? if the tartan is on a diagonal is it cut on the biases? Reply Ryan says: January 23, 2014 at 11:07 pm So by your own definition the picture labeled gingham is not gingham? Reply Ievey says: July 15, 2014 at 4:21 am In this single piece, you’ve spoken my mind more articulately than I EVER could. Reply LEAVE A COMMENT Cancel reply Comment Design*Sponge reserves the right to restrict comments that do not contribute constructively to the conversation at hand, contain profanity, personal attacks, hate speech or seek to promote a personal or unrelated business. Our goal is to create a safe space where everyone (commenters, subjects of posts and moderators) feels comfortable to speak. Please treat others the way you would like to be treated and be willing to take responsibility for the impact your words may have on others. Disagreement, differences of opinion and heated discussion are welcome, but comments that do not seek to have a mature and constructive dialogue will not be published. We moderate all comments with great care and do not delete any lightly. Please note that our team (writers, moderators and guests) deserve the same right to speak and respond as you do, and your comments may be responded to or disagreed with. These guidelines help us maintain a safe space and work toward our goal of connecting with and learning from each other.