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Plaid and Check Wool Blankets

This highly colorful collection of  blankets is perfect for indoor and outdoor use.  These blankets make great gifts!

The terms, Tartan, Plaid, and Check are sometimes used interchangeably, but they are not necessarily the same. They all consist of horizontal and vertical stripes, but here are the differences:

TARTAN is a pattern consisting of multiple colored criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands. The pattern of the stripes running vertically is duplicated EXACTLY on the horizontal axis. Where the different colors overlap, new colors are created.  It is a beloved classic pattern that evokes feelings of tradition and nostalgia. Some tartans are thousands of years old, but new tartans are registered every year.

PLAID refers to patterns inspired by traditional tartan designs - tartan is a type of plaid. Plaids consists of crossed horizontal and vertical bands of two or more colors. The difference is that plaids do not have to have the formal repeating patterns that traditional tartans do.

CHECK patterns are the more simple patterns of the three. They generally consist of two alternating colors, but not always. Checkered patterns are symmetrical, consisting of crossed horizontal and vertical lines that form equal sized squares. Each line is intersected by the same kind of line in equal intervals and widths.