It was the Carmichael of Artherstone who, in 1907, sealed a sample of the Carmichael tartan in the Collection of the Highland Society. This is the first known appearance of the tartan. This sett is sometimes woven in slightly different proportions, most noticable in the black and green stripes.

Carmichaels are associated with the Stewarts of Appin and with the MacDougalls (MacMichaels), but all of the name, Carmichael, have the chiefs approval for the wearing of the Carmichael tartan.