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image by 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
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 Vexillological meetings. He used this book and other
Art Etchells, 20 September 2000
image 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