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by Sophie I. Edwards September 10, 2022 5 min read

"Nowhere beats the heart so kindly as beneath the tartan plaid!" - Sir William Edmondstoune Aytoun

Designers Guild​​

Plaid. From flannels to back-to-school uniforms, the pattern is as much a part of the fall as pumpkin spice lattes (and pumpkin spice candles!). This autumn, bring the print of the season to your home with gorgeous new plaids from Designer's Guild, Matouk Schumacher, and Peacock Alley

Plaid (originally called "tartan") emerged in Scotland in the 1700s. At that time, the unique patterns and colors of the fabric symbolized membership in various Scottish Clans. In remote villages, people would buy their woven cloth from a local weaver who used a standard pattern and colors based on what was available. Over time, these local patterns came to represent the regional clans of the nation. Far from its origins, the pattern has become ubiquitous throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. From the Pendleton board shirts worn by the beach boys, to the elevated plaids worn by various members of the British Royal family, to tartan as a punk statement from Vivienne Westwood, plaid has stood the test of time. It has cut across culture and class lines to represent effortless coolness. In recent years, we've seen a resurgence of plaid in fashion among major pop culture players including Harry Styles and Bella Hadid

However, the iconic print is no longer limited to the world of fashion. Plaids for the home are classic and versatile. The pattern can be anything from bright & busy to crisp and clean and from light and airy to warm and cozy. From upholstery to carpets, pillows, and even wallpaper, plaids can brighten any space. Plaid pillows, throws, and bedding are an especially innovative way to bring the pattern to your home. You can design your bedroom around a plaid piece or a throw can be added last minute to an already complete space to add a finished feel. Experience classic plaid bedding with Designer's Guild's Tartans, taste a twist with Designer's Guild's Modern Plaids, fall in love with Matouk's August Blue Plaid Bedding, and get back to the basics with Peacock Alley's Simple Plaid Throws. Whatever your style, color scheme, or desired weight, browse the chicest plaids of 2022 here, on the Fig Linens and Home Blog. 

Not enough plaid for you? Explore even more options in our Checks and Plaids Collection.

Matouk August Plaid Bedding


For those seeking a return to tradition, Designer's Guild brings a fresh spin to an old favorite. With Princess Diana's classic tartan suit in Town and Country as our inspiration, here are Fig's Favorite tartan looks of the season. Today's tartans are all about bringing warmth to your space. These "preppy style" staples can be both subtle and bold. Add a cozy pop of color to your bedroom with a DG plaid pillow or snuggle up with a Fig Favorite DG plaid throw. Shop the entire collection here.

Designer's Guild plaid pillows come in both plaid silk and plaid wool finish, offering a polished look in whatever style you prefer.


At its core, plaid is a simple pattern made up of interlocking lines. Why not celebrate this simplicity with Matouk Shumacher's gorgeous blue plaid bedding. The Matouk Schumacher Collaboration is famous for combining Italian bedding brand Matouk's craftsmanship, and perfect lines with Shumacher's timeless prints. This collection offers the best of both worlds. The Fall 2022 August Plaid Bedding by Matouk Schumacher invents a clean, straight-lined plaid that will coordinate with any bedroom. The pattern features delicate, monochromatic, interlocking lines on crisp white 100% cotton percale sheeting. This fresh check comes in King and Queen sized sheets, pillowcases, and duvet covers. Custom sizes are available. It is available in five gorgeous colors including Fig Favorite Navy, Azure, Peony, Pool, Sable, and Sea. 

The look pairs beautifully with other white Matouk looks like Matouk Aziza Bedding and solids like Matouk's Giorgio Bedding. If you prefer a more patterned look, Fig Linens's designers recommend combining a large check like the August Plaid Bedding with a smaller check, like those featured on the Designer's Guild Monserrate Decorative Pillows. Mixing the larger check with the smaller check will add dimension without creating too busy of a look.

Matouk August Plaid Bedding


If you are looking for a fresh take, look no further than Designer's Guild's fall 2022 throws. With hints of Mondrian, these defamiliarized plaids offer a new perspective. From the color blocking of the Hawkswick Delft Throw, to the cubism of the Bainbridge Throw to the tiny checks of the Arklet Emerald Throw, DG offers an aesthetic for all. Can't get enough? these gorgeous contemporary looks are also printed on velvet cotton pillows.

Pattern Mixing Styling Tip! Fig Linens's Designers love the look of Designer's Guild's plaids with their florals. Try mixing any of the featured pillows or throws with Designer's Guild Gertrude Rose Pillow for a pop of color. These gorgeous pillows have a plaid lining on the back which will help to unite the entire look.


Earth Tone Checks

Sometimes, you are looking for something simple that will add a bit of pattern to the room without too much color. Peacock Alley's plaid throws provide exactly this. In subtle, coastal hues like blue and pewter, these 100% merino wool throws are guaranteed to bring a touch of sophistication to any space. Peacock Alley's York Plaid throws are designed in Italy and are naturally static resistant for maximum comfort. They are especially charming in a New England home and offer the perfect addition to any living or bedroom. 



If you love the look of subtle plaid in the home but are looking for a very affordable plaid throw, look no further than Land's Downunder Tattersall Plaid Throws. In 50% cotton and 50% acrylic, and at only $128 Tattersall offers a similar calming print at the right price. Land's Downunder's throws make for an unbeatable hostess gift!

We hope this article helps inspire you to go as mad for plaid as we are at Fig Linens. Fig offers you a tailored luxury retail experience from the comfort of your home. If you have any further questions about any of the products listed, styling tips, or would like to book an individual consultation we love speaking with clients. Send us an email at info@figlinens.com, call us at 203-227-8669, or come visit us at our storefront in Westport, CT at 66 Post Road East. We look forward to hearing from you. Plaid, checks, and tartans forever!


The Team at Fig Linens and Home


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