Scottish company Anta recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. A partnership between owners Annie and Lachlan Stewart and the craftspeople with whom they work, Anta designs products for the home with a linked architecture practice (Anta Architecture) run by Lachlan. Everything Anta sells is made in Scotland. The woolen yarn used for the carpets and tweeds is sourced in the Western Isles and woven in the Borders. And if you’d like to test drive the Anta experience, you can rent the Anta house and enjoy a snug weekend near the sea. Bliss.

It’s always timely to reiterate that carpet and rug patterns – including tartan (also known as “plaid” in your scribe’s native US) – can read as neutrals and work very well indeed with other patterns. The key to coordination is colour and scale.

With this in mind, your scribe asked Anta to provide a range of samples from their current carpet and rug collection. Be adventurous! Tartan and its cousins aren’t just for Scotland, Christmas and Hogmanay. but are a perennially perfect choice for contemporary interiors. DJ

Mingalay carpet. Photograph courtesy Anta.

Uist carpet. Photograph courtesy Anta.

Inverness carpet. Photograph courtesy Anta.