By Annette M. Callari, Allied ASID; CMG
We’ve all heard the term “Tartan Plaid”, and our thoughts immediately go back to a design of Scottish origin. After a bit of research, I’ve found out that part of our assumption as to the definition of a tartan plaid is correct, but use of the word “plaid” has a different connotation in North America than it does in Scotland. According to Wikipedia:
Tartan is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors. Tartans originated in woven wool, but now they are made in many other materials. Tartan is particularly associated with Scotland. Scottish kilts almost always have tartan patterns. (Tartan is also known as plaid in North America, but in Scotland, a plaid is a tartan cloth slung over the shoulder, or a blanket.) Tartan dates back as far as 1782, when it was adopted as the symbolic national dress of Scotland.
The reason for giving you this back story is to bring a point to your attention. Today’s textile and carpet designs often draw from history to create a fresh version of a proven winner. That’s exactly what Shaw Industries did as they featured a Tartan design as the center point of their new introduction, “Bentley”. As part of their Woven Expressions collection, “Bentley” captures the essence of a traditional tartan in updated, easy-to-live-with colors. Burnished Gold, Wheat, Garnet and Ebony are the color-rich choices (learn more at ShawFloors.com).
The scale and replication of true Tartan design is beautifully represented in “Bentley”. Not only is it available in 13’2” width broadloom, but also in a large selection of area rug sizes. This definitely enhances decorating possibilities. Using the same stunning Tartan design, you can carpet entire rooms, and then punctuate hard surface floors with a matching area rug. Continuity is one of the key elements of good design, and here’s a great way to achieve that.
The entire Woven Expressions collection is constructed from 100% Marquesa™ solution dyed olefin. This yarn system offers outstanding stain and fade resistance, and superior durability is a given. The warranty validates the manufacturer’s confidence that this carpet will perform:
- 10-year Stain Warranty
- 10-year Texture Retention Warranty
- 10-year Abrasive Wear Warranty
- 10-year Quality Assurance Warranty
I love a new product that has a real story behind it. It adds a bit of romance and authenticity to any introduction. Given the Gaelic roots and Scottish traditions behind “Bentley”, I’d say its international flavor is bound to make some history of its own.