At Pendleton, choosing a favorite tartan is like choosing your favorite child. We just can’t! We have so many wonderful examples to choose from! But since the holidays are here, and we want to wish you all Plaid Tidings, here are a few of our favorites. And if you’re wondering which one is number one? Well, just like with our kids, we can’t pick. So here are our top three Pendleton Plaids for the Holidays, and why we chose them.
Buffalo Plaid aka Buffalo Check aka Rob Roy Tartan aka MacGregor Tartan
Rob Roy MacGregor was a Scottish cattle-dealer and outlaw who attained folk-hero status through his skills with a sword and his endless support of the poor. This bold red and black check became known as the “Rob Roy” tartan, after him. But this is an official tartan for the MacGregor clan, known as MacGregor Black. It’s also known as Buffalo Plaid and Buffalo Check, and can be found in many colorations under those names. Rob Roy is a customer favorite, so it’s not just one of our favorites—it’s one of yours.
At the holidays, Red Stewart is definitely another customer favorite, but the Royal Stewart Tartan comes in many colorations! Each is an official tartan—dress, hunting, and more. We are particularly fond of the Charcoal Stewart, but have used it in red, black and even camel (see the Sir Pendleton Shirt). As a plaid, it’s exceptionally balanced and pleasing. And here it is on the loom…
This is also known as the Government or 42nd tartan. It was developed to wear by the Black Watch, one of the early Highland Independent Companies. From a distance, the pattern reads as dark as night, so it is the stealth tartan, the ninja of tartans. It’s another one of our perennial bestsellers. Customers love how the green and navy is subtle, almost a solid. We have a loom shot of this one, too.
Three fantastic tartans for the holidays! Which is your favorite?
Wishing you Plaid Tidings from Pendleton Woolen Mills.