During the 19th century, this pattern made the leap from Europe to the US as the word we now know as Plaid. Midwest company Woolrich Woolen Mills gave plaid’s popularity a boost when they originated Buffalo Plaid in the 1850’s.
Buffalo Plaid is a plaid with large blocks formed by the intersection of two different color yarns, typically red and black. Legend has it that Woolrich’s designer of this pattern owned a herd of buffalo and that’s how it got it’s name. Now 150 years later we are still designing with this pattern!
There are many types of plaids out there. You have Tartan, known as the Scottish plaid, there’s Gingham plaid, checkered plaids, houndstooth, windowpane, Glen plaids and Tattersall, just to mention a few. They ALL have such interesting histories! If you are not already a plaid lover, the history of plaid alone will make you rethink it.
Plaid is an eclectic stylist’s dream. Go modern or stay traditional, it’s no surprise that plaid is a complete hit this season. Not only does it add texture and color to the room, it can make a bold statement and also coordinates well with other patterns. Plaid is the most multi-dimensional pattern there is and it’s here to stay!
Some decorating trends never fade away – they just re-invent themselves – like PLAID.
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