Tartan. Plaid. Checks… Call it what you will, this cosy woollen creature celebrates tradition and nouveau style.
Here at Zanui, we’ve made it no secret that in winter ‘as-warm-as-humanly-possible‘ is not nearly warm enough. We’re of the mantra that more-is-more when it comes to cosy. Plaid cushions and throws promise to keep you super-snug which makes us an instant convert. Made from wool, mohair and alpaca, these softies are deliciously homely.
Plaid is a favourite with a whole host of celebs, from the Queen to Vivienne Westwood and Mel Gibson (❤️ Braveheart ❤️). Rita Ora and Pharell Williams have been seen stepping out suited head to toe in plaid. And GQ calls it the “elegant rebel of the sartorial world”.
Rita Ora in Moschino. Source: balleralert.com.
When it comes to your interiors, plaid adds more than just a warming country-homestead touch. And you don’t have to go all OTT on this look. Ralph Lauren’s Bedford New York residence is p’raps an example of a tad too much. (See below!) But this man is a long-time lover of the checks, so no judgement here.
Versatile and adaptable, plaid comes in a wide range of designs and hues. Here are just a few we love, from the classic through to the contemporary.
A rugged yet wistful Mel showcasing traditional tartan worn pinned at the shoulder (source: thedailymail.co.uk). And the Woollen Collection Checkered and Windowpane Wool Cushions. Browse cushions and throws online at Zanui.
Traditional Country Estate
For many people, tartan means the kilt. No surprise really, given it was worn by warring Scottish clans for hundreds of years. Tartan became a symbol of Scottish nationalism, so much so that the English sought to outlaw it to suppress the Scots with the Dress Act of 1746. (I know, right?)
Annie Leibovitz’s photo of the Queen and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle with corgis and Ralph Lauren’s New York residence. Sourced L to R: dailymail.co.uk and architecturaldigest.com.
Opt for earthy hues for a touch of traditionalism. Choose khaki greens, creams and browns with red accents.
Cosy Coastal Blues
Plaids nod to times past. But if you’re more a forward-thinker, opt for a modern palette instead. Turn tradition on its head with a flash of fresh blue and cool mint checks in your interiors. These colours work well with contemporary and Hamptons-style homes.
Turn down the colour saturation for icy Nordic elegance.
Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, and Vivienne Westwood are just a handful of the fashion folks who’ve fallen prey to plaid’s allure. It’s featured in countless ready-to-wear collections and fashion weeks.
Play plaid off against plaid, lace, appliqué and other textured designs for striking effect. Intersperse with décor accents in complimentary block colours.
1993 Linda Evangelista in Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen “The Widows of Culloden” Fall/Winter 2006 collection. Sources L to R: pinterest.com and fashionedbylove.co.uk.
Pepper your home with throw rugs in contrasting hot and spicy hues. Bold is beautiful.
Monochrome + Muted Neutrals
Graduated greys lend themselves to chequered designs. Equally, the stark contrast of black and white in the rich textures of mohair, alpaca and wool is pleasing and sophisticated.
St Albans are artisans of cosy chic. They offer a diverse range of mohair, alpaca and wool throw rugs, just perfect for housewarming and winter baby-shower gifts.