CHAMPIONS OF SCOTTISH CRAFTSMANSHIP

GNK Design Service

With an estimated 12,000 tartans in existence, it's not easy to come up with something new. Our small in-house team of designers draw on years of experience to provide you with a beautiful new tartan. Completely unique, from warp to weft.

We are proud to offer two tartan design services, designed to accommodate different levels of customer involvement. We will also manage the tricky business of registering with the Scottish Register of Tartans. And if you want to have your tartan woven and made up into garments and gifts (we really think you should) we would be delighted to see you through the entire process.

Standard Design

Minimal input from you for maximum design from us. If you’re happy to let our experienced in-house designers take the lead, the Standard Package is the one for you. Provide us with four colours, and we’ll get back to you with six digital designs to choose from. Pick your favourite and we’ll send you a print out with the thread count and actual yarns. 

Cost: £395 * 

*Cost is for design service alone and does not include the price of cloth. We require a 50% deposit before commencing.

Scottish Register of Tartans certificate

Premium Design

If you’re looking for a little more design input and access to the full Pantone colour range, look no further than our Premium Package. Choose your colours - we will produce six initial designs and send you your favourite three (printed out with thread count and actual yarns). These can be further adjusted and resent. In short, there is opportunity for input at every point. You’re paying for our time. 

Cost: £650*

*Cost is for design service alone and does not include the price of cloth. We require a 50% deposit before commencing.

Scottish Register of Tartans

Your final tartan will be registered with the Scottish Register of Tartans and appear on its website. Standard Package customers will receive an unframed copy of the certificate - Premium Package customers, a framed one. 

To register your tartan with the Scottish Register of Tartans, we require:

- Tartan name confirmation (guidelines) -

- Description of tartan (max 2000 characters inc. spaces) -

- Letter of Authorisation: a short letter, preferably on headed paper, stating that you have authorised Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers to design and register your tartan -

Weaving Your Cloth

Our tartan is woven by the best mills in Scotland. It takes approximately 14 weeks to weave.

We recommend a 13oz mediumweight (‘braeriach’) cloth for its versatility. It is usually woven in doublewidth (approx 56” wide).

Special weaves can only be produced in 10m batches. 

- 10m (doublewidth) - £75 p/metre*

- 30m (doublewidth) - £65 p/metre*

- 60m (doublewidth) - £55 p/metre*

* We require a 50% deposit on cost of cloth before weaving.

Lambswool Scarves

Our brushed lambswool scarves are woven in Scotland and come in batches of approximately 185. Bespoke woven labels make lambswool scarves a memorable souvenir or gift. The cost is £12 per scarf. 

Product Price List

Once your tartan is woven, we can make you the following:

- 8 Yard Kilt - (3.7m of doublewidth) £295  

- 9 Yard Kilt - (4.3m of doublewidth) £345

- Argyll Trews - (1.8m doublewidth) £145

- Military Trews - (1.8m doublewidth) £165

- Waistcoat - (1.5m doublewidth) £95

- Straight Tie - (1m of doublewidth makes 2) £7 each

- Pre-tied Bow Tie - (0.3m doublewidth makes 4) £7 each

- Self-tie Bow Tie - (0.3m doublewidth makes 4) £15 each

- Sash (2.3m doublewidth makes 4) - £15 each

And that's just for starters!