Collection: Fabric - Checks & Tartan

Our Check And Tartan Fabric Is The perfect way to add some life to your designs 

Looking for something special to bring your designs to life? There's nothing quite like the luxuriously traditional tartan fabric to brighten up your home, and we've got a stunning selection of materials and patterns available.

From quintessentially Scottish tartan to bold and bright patterns, you're spoiled for choice. Whether you appreciate the rich history of this fabric or love creating unique designs, our assortment of prints comes in a range of materials, including cotton, tweed and chenille.

Celebrate the rich history of tartan fabrics

Tartan is an umbrella term for a checked fabric pattern that tribes in the Scottish Highlands used to distinguish each clan. As part of the ongoing tense relations between Scotland and England, the British government tried to ban people from wearing tartan, causing it to lose popularity.

However, in 1822 George IV visited the country and encouraged people to showcase their tartans, and Queen Victoria further added to the revival because she was known to love Scottish culture.

England began to embrace tartan, and the pattern grew in popularity. Today, it's less associated with clans and more popular with clothing designers and upholsterers.

The colours can be more traditional or vibrant, and there are also plenty of patterns to choose between, with plaid tartan being the most popular.

Our wide range of tartan fabrics is perfect for adding some life to your designs. Better still, they're great value for money, despite coming from the most reputable mills in the UK.

Chenille tartan and checked fabric

Supremely soft and highly durable, chenille will never go out of fashion. The fabric is ideal for clothing and soft furnishings, and the unique texture creates a warm and luxurious feel. Originating from the French word for caterpillar, designers love chenille because it allows them to make high-end sofa covers, throws or clothing that will stand the test of time.

We have some stunning tartan or check chenille patterns available, including the Red & Yellow Shaldon Tartan pattern, which combines cheerful yellow tones with a deep and rich red that resembles a full-bodied wine.

Or, you can go for a more muted aesthetic with the tasteful Louise Tartan fabric, which comes in a combination of grey tones.

Tartan weaves

Fabric weaves are created when different threads are interlaced to form a cloth. How the threads are interwoven will determine the resulting fabric's strength, density and appearance.

For example, a tightly woven fabric will be more durable and have a smoother surface, while a loosely woven fabric will be more draped and have a more textured look.

Weaves can also be combined to create unique fabrics with interesting patterns and textures, which is why this material is so popular for tartan patterns.

Our huge range of woven fabrics includes traditional designs, including the Shaldon Woven fabric in a light cream and black combination, but we also have bolder patterns in the collection.

The Shaldon Blue checked fabric will immediately catch anyone's eye, and there are also colourful combinations of greens, purples, and yellows.

Leather tartan

Yes, leather can have tartan patterns, and this colourful collection will make a bold statement. Ideal for upholstery fabric, we always go the extra mile with our faux leather patterns.

It doesn't get much brighter than the Nevis collection, with deep pink, sky blue, lime green and other colours to inject some life into your designs. Better still, all of our leathers are faux, making them suitable for everyone.

Wool tartan

When you think of wool fabrics, you might imagine scratchy sweaters or itchy wool skirts. However, wool is a very versatile fabric with a wide range of properties. The material is naturally fire-resistant and wrinkle-resistant, making it a popular choice for winter clothing.

In addition, wool fabrics are very absorbent, making them ideal for towels and other materials. Finally, wool is a very strong fabric, making it ideal for rugs and carpets. 

Invest in the highest-quality fabrics from our dedicated shop

There are many benefits to shopping with the Yorkshire Fabric Shop, including our unparalleled commitment to providing top-quality fabrics at great prices. We started many years ago as a small shop in the heart of West Yorkshire's textile industry.

While many of our initial competitors no longer exist, we're still going strong and have grown our business in recent years to become a nationally recognised fabric provider.

When you buy tartan and checked fabrics with us, you get a guarantee of the following things.

Cost-effective fabrics

Before you invest in a particular material or pattern, we encourage all our new and existing customers to take advantage of a £1.00 sample. These samples let you test each fabric before buying, and we also offer jumbo samples for a larger project.

When you decide to purchase a particular fabric, offer it per metre and cut it to size. You can save money by shopping with us, but the quality is something we never compromise on.

Range of styles for all trends

There will always be new trends that come and go, and we go out of our way to keep up with them. However, we also recognise that some patterns, such as tartan, are timeless and will always have their place in interior - and fashion - design.

At the Yorkshire Fabric Shop, you'll find everything you need to create traditional, modern and quirky designs; there is something for everyone here.

A dedicated team of experts

Our team are always available to advise you on fabric choices and sizes. All you have to do is reach out to us through the website or drop us a line, and we'll get back to you ASAP.

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