Tattersall describes a check or plaid pattern woven into cloth. The pattern is composed of regularly spaced thin even vertical warp stripes, repeated horizontally in the weft, thereby forming squares. The stripes are usually in two alternating colours, generally darker on a light ground. The cloth pattern takes its name from Tattersall's horse market, which was started in London in 1766. At that market blankets with this checked pattern were used for horses. Today tattersall is a common pattern, often woven in cotton, particularly in flannel, used for shirts or waistcoats.
The pattern was named after Tattersall's, a London horse market founded in 1766 where blankets with the design were in common use.