Scottish Islamic Tartan

The Scottish Islamic Tartan Collection

A small collection of items relating to the Scottish Islamic Tartan.

About the Scottish Islamic Tartan

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Scottish Islamic Tartan

Scottish academic Dr Azeem Ibrahim, developed the concept of an Islamic Tartan after consulting leading Islamic scholars around the world - Shaikh Humza Yousaf, Imam Zaid Shakir and Dr Umar Abd-Allah. In Scotland, he sought advice from Shaikh Amer Jamil, Scotland's leading Islamic scholar.

Dr Ibrahim also engaged the services of top tartan designers in Scotland, including the world's last specialist mill weaving only authentic traditional quality tartans. Using only original production methods on traditional shuttle looms, the weavers maintain the rich heritage of Scottish tartan with integrity and reverence for tradition.

Just as the parts of an heraldic coat of arms have significance, so too does the Islamic Tartan.

The theological explanation of the design is as follows:

  •  Blue to represent the Scottish Flag
  •  Green to represent the colour of Islam
  •  Five white lines running through the pattern to represent the five pillars of Islam
  •  Six gold lines to represent the six articles of faith
  •  Black square to represent the Holy Kabah

Registered on 29 June 2012 as official Scottish Islamic Tartan as set out in the Scottish Register of Tartans Act 2008. Registration Number 10644.

About the collection

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Scottish Islamic Tartan face mask

The collection comprises a piece of fabric, and a face mask produced with the fabric in 2020. Further items from the collection combine both cultures and include scarves/hijabs, mosque hats, ties and bespoke kilts. More items will continue to be added.

Finding aid

Scottish Islamic Tartan Collection Listing (PDF, 88KB)

Further reading

Islamic Tartan website

Bonnie Blu website

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