State Tartan

Carolina Tartan

by Steven Case, 2007.
NC Government & Heritage Library.


The General Assembly of 1991 officially designated the plaid pattern known as the Carolina Tartan to be the official State Tartan (Session Laws, 1991, c. 85).

A unique blend of red, azure, black, yellow, green and white, the Carolina Tartan was first registered with the Scottish Tartans Society in 1981, and was also designated the Official Tartan for South Carolina in 2002. The design is a variation of a tartan associated with two monarchs--King Charles II, who gave his name to the Carolinas, and the honorary bodyguard of King George II, who designated both North and South Carolina as Royal Colonies in 1729. Large numbers of Scots helped to colonize the Carolinas in the 17th and 18th centuries, and the State is now home to a number of festivals, games, and organizations that celebrate Carolina's Scottish heritage, including the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, the Scottish Tartan Museum, and the North Carolina Scottish Heritage Society.

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Additional Resources:

"The Carolina Tartan." Scottish Tartans Museum, Franklin, N.C. (accessed October 10, 2013).

The Carolina Tartan. 2007-2008. (accessed October 10, 2013).

South Carolina General Assembly. "An Act To Amend Article 9, Chapter 1 of Title 1, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, Relating to the Official State Emblems, by Adding Section 1-1-703 so as to Designate the Carolina Tartan as the Official Tartan of the State of South Carolina." (accessed October 10, 2013).

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North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State. "Carolina Tartan." North Carolina Manual, 2011-2012. p. 37. 




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Just tell us what information you want, and we'll help you find it. Meanwhile, here's two links to more info about the State Tartan:

Scottish Tartan Museum:

Mike Childs, NCpedia, N.C. Government & Heritage Library.


Beautiful, isn't it?


I had no idea we had an official tartan!


Wow. I didn't wven know what tarten is ! Muich less we had an offical state tarten!!

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