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Iran National Flag

Iran National Flag

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All of our printed Iran flags are made by a process called Dye Sublimation. This process impregnates the fibres of the fabric, the result is a flag that has very accurate colour, and importantly the design appears clearly on both sides of the flag. This is known as ‘printed through to reverse’ and is an important consideration when choosing your flag as both sides will be seen when flying.

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History of the Iran National Flag

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Trivia
Flying the flag at half mast is banned in Iran.
Technical Specifications
Adopted 29th July 1980
Proportion 1:1.7477
Design A green-white-red horizontal tricolour with two lines of white kufic script stating “god is great”.
Colours
PMS Red: 186C Green: 355C
Brief History

The first banner or flag flown in the country was the standard of Cyrus the Great of the Achaemenid Empire. It featured a flacon/eagle holding suns and would be held on a long pole. There are many reported designs of this flag including a one on a red field and one on a turquoise field.

In 224 a rectangular leather flag was used for the Sassanid Empire. It featured a thick red-boarderd purple field with jewels and a four pointed star at the centre.

Between 661 and 998 no specific flag was used as emblems were eliminated from Islamic Iran. Mahmud of Ghazni designed a flag in 998 that was a sun on a black background.

When the Safavid Dynasty took control of the area a flag featuring a plain green field with yellow sun was adopted as the flag of Ismail I.

Tahmsp I replaced the yellow sun with a lamb and rising sun with face on the green flag around 1524. In 1576 the lion replaced the lamb.

In 1736 a triangular flag was adopted with a red-bordered yellow field with a red lion and sun. During the Zand Dynasty the gold lion was reinstated on a white field.

In 1789 the Qajar Dynasty was formed. The first flag adopted was the flag of the founder Mohammad Khan. It was a plain red field with pale yellow circle, gold lion with rising faced sun. Upon Mohammad Khan’s death in 1797 Fath-Ali Shah Qajar took over as ruler and adopted a plain white field with the gold lion and sun.

In 1834 A sword and plinth was added to the lion image on the flag during the reign of Mohammad Shah. From 1831 a green border was added to three sides of the flag. When Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar became the ruler the flag remained the same.

In 1907 the flag was changed to a long pale green-white-red horizontal tricolour to represent the post-constitutional revolution of the country. The state flag was similar but included the lion with sword and rising sun.

When the Pahlavi Dynasty took control in 1933 the colours of the national and state flag were darkened.

During 1964 the ratio of the tricolour national and state flags were altered from 1:3 to 4:7.

After the Iranian Revolution a new tricolour flag was adopted. It featured the same green-white-red colours but with a repeating statement in Kufic script stating “GOD IS GREAT” 22 times and featuring the emblem of Iran at the centre.

Green symbolises growth and nature, white for freedom and red for bravery.

The Emblem of Iran

The Emblem of Iran was adopted in 1980 and is a stylised Persian alphabetic symbol of the Arabic word for god with a shadda sword and four crescents. The emblem is said to resemble a tulip for the people who died for Iran and is symbol for martyrdom.

The Emblem of the Armed Forces of Iran

The Emblem of the Armed Forces of Iran is a gold bordered blue disk surrounding a laurel branch surrounding a national flag bordered blue gold protected by the emblem of Iran, two crossed swords, an anchor, wings and crossed swords.

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