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Persia (Iran) from XVI to XVIIIth century

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King Qajar (late 1700's)

King Qajarby Pedram Kian

This flag was used around the late 1700's by King Qajar, who was from a Turkmen tribe, and my evidence is the portrait of him beside the flag.

Pedram Kian, 6 October 1999


Nader Shah

Source: The Imperial Iranian Army from Cyrus to Pahlavi by Yahva Zoka (1971).

Note the illustrations show triangular flags with horizontal stripes. Whitney Smith did an article on Persian flags for one of the International Vexillogical meetings. He used this book and other sources.

Art Etchells, 20 September 2000


XVIth century

[Persian flag 1771 ?]by Randy Young

Image taken from the 1771 Encyclopedia Britannica: on a green field a golden sheep standing before the rising sun.

Randy Young, 01 December 1998

This flag has been used for 5 decades during the rule of Shah Tahmasb of Persia (1524 -1576). The reason he had placed a sheep on the official flag, was that because he was born during the month of Aries, and the symbol of that month is a ram. After Shah Tahmasb's death, the sheep was replaced by a lion again.

Pedram Kian, 13 April 2000

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