A tartan is defined by its "sett" or "thread count" a specification of the set of threads from which it is woven. Several web sites provide lists of tartan definitions, in a variety of formats. Some of these sites are listed below.
A possible use for an image of a tartan is as wallpaper, for the backgound of a web page such as this one. Here is a quick guide on how to use the progam to create such an image.
My tartan-drawing program can be run with any of several sets of tartan definitions. The first three listed contain much common material, and are probably derived from the same sources.
|Source of information||No. of tartans|
|Run program||Robert Bradford||274|
|Run program||T. Insel's Tartan for Java||273|
|Run program||by Jim McBeath & Joseph Shelby||277|
|Run program||the Scottish Tartans Society||2587|
All of these versions also offer you the option of defining your own tartan. There are instructions for the use of the program.
Inclusion of a tartan in one of these sets of definitions does not guarantee its authenticity.
The following pages have useful information about tartans, or tartan-generating programs: