Seamlessly Tileable
Tartan
Wallpapers
by
William Mortensen Vaughan
As of:  6:55 p.m. E.S.T., Thursday, November 14, 2019

Tartan Category
The Arbuthnot Tartan ttc
The Baker Tartan ttc
The Black 8 Yellow 8 Tartan WMV
The Black 8 Yellow 8 Tartan, Animated WMV
The Chipotle Tartan WMV
The Christmas Tartan copyright by Tartans4Africa*
The Currens Tartan copyright held by James Currens
The Danish Tartan unk
The D.E.B.S. Tartan unk
A Dickensian Christmas Carol Tartan WMV*
The Henderson-MacKendrick Tartan ttc*
The Kerr Tartan ttc*
The Lavender 8 White 8 Tartan WMV
The Lindsay Tartan ntc*
The Lindsay Hunting Tartan ntc*
The Lindsay Red Dress Tartan ntc*
The Macado Tartan ttc*
The MacDuck Tartan #2 ttc
The MacKay of Strathnaver Tartan ttc*
The Madog of Wales Tartan ntc
The McComb Tartan ttc
The Methven Tartan copyright held by The Methven Castle
The Robertson Hunting Tartan ntc
The Purple Heart Tartan copyright held by ScotWeb and/or Jules
The Rob Roy Tartan ttc*
The Royal Stewart/Stuart Tartan #2 ttc*
The Scandinavian Tartan ttc
The Subway Tartan ttc
The Talcott Mourning Tartan WMV†
The Vanderbilt Commodores Tartan unk
The Vaughan Welsh Tartan ntc
The Vaughan Welsh True Tartan WMV

NOTES:

Tartans seem to add to Christmas decor, especially if they consist of a lot of red, white, and/or green thread. This opinion is, of course, very subjective, and not absolute. Personally, I think the German Tartan, which has no white or green thread, but does have black and yellow, is still an ideal tartan for an "ugly Christmas sweater"!

All of the digital art in this Tartan section is by me, William Mortensen Vaughan, although it is based on the work of other artists.

I use a file-naming convention, as follows:

-ani means the file is animated.

cop- (copyright) means that someone else holds the copyright for the True Thread Count of the tartan, so The Scottish Register of Tartans refuses to provide the precise thread count, and I have created the thread count by looking at a picture of the tartan and guessing what it might be.

ntc- (non-true count) means that, although the tartan wallpaper is based on the True Thread Count of an official, historic tartan, I have added or subtracted one or two digital "threads" in order to make the image tile seamlessly, since the number of threads depicted needs to be equally divisible by four, both vertically and horizontally, in the case of tartan wallpapers based on the "Twill" pattern, which could be selected to go behind the wallpaper on Windows 3 Desktops.

pattern- means that the tile is not plaid, but is still seamlessly tileable.

tartan- means that the tile is a seamlessly tileable plaid "wallpaper."

tile- means the file is intended to be seamlessly tiled, "down to the last pixel," as "wallpaper" on a computer screen.

ttc- (true thread count) means the tartan wallpaper is based on the True Thread Count of an official, historic tartan, accurate to every single thread.

unk- (unknown) means that I have seen the tartan, but do not know its name, or I have yet to find it on The Scottish Register of Tartans, so I have created the thread count by either looking at a picture(s) of the tartan, and guessing what the thread count might be; or I have obtained the thread count from a source I do not consider reliable.

WMV- (William Mortensen Vaughan) indicates a tartan for which I invented the thread count.

Key Tartan-Related Terms

A true tartan is a tartan which has the same thread count vertically and horizontally.

  For examples: "K12R6G4" or "K12R6G4..."

A false tartan is a tartan which has a different horizontal thread count than its vertical thread count. A period (.) in the middle of a thread count separates the horizontal from the vertical thread count; the horizontal thread count comes first, to the left of the period.

  For example: "K12R6G4.K8W4G16"

A reversing tartan is a tartan which has "pivots," which are stripes after which the thread count repeats itself in reverse order. The "pivots" are the first and last numbers in the thread count.

  For example: In "K12R8G4," the K12 and the G4 are pivots, so the tartan is created by lining up twelve black threads, eight red threads, four green threads, eight red threads, twelve black threads, and so on.

A non-reversing tartan is a tartan which has no "pivots"; its thread count is merely repeated in the same order, over and over. Ellipses (...) at the end of a thread count indicate this.

  For example: With "K12R8G4..." the tartan is created by lining up twelve black threads, eight red threads, four green threads, twelve black threads, and so on.

Warp is the set of threads stretched vertically on the loom, lined up horizontally, represented by the first set of numbers in a false tartan's thread count.

Weft is the set of threads woven horizontally across the loom, "stacked" vertically, represented by the second set of numbers in a false tartan's thread count.

NOTE:  I have never seen a false tartan thread count with non-reversing thread counts, so I would represent them as follows:

  For example: With "K12R8G4.../W12R6G2," the thread count before the slash is non-reversing (represented with ellipsis); the thread count after the slash is reversing (no ellipsis).

* indicates a tartan I consider ideal for Christmas.

indicates a mourning tartan.

Jacob Marley on www.ClipArtXtras.com

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