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Chapter 2: Iran’s Post Islamic Historical Flags and Emblems
Pictorial History of Iranian Flags
Ahreeman X
March 17, 2012


Flag of Abu Moslem and the Black Shirts
747 AD - 755 AD
Banner of Persian freedom fighter Abu Moslem Khorasani, great son of Khorasan and his Black Shirt followers. Black Shirts were one of the original Persian resistance forces against the Bani Umayyad Caliphate and the Arab occupation of Iran. Black Shirts fought with the First AIOG (Arabo-Islamic Occupational Government).

For more information on Abu Moslem Khorasani read:

222 Years of Struggle for Independence of Iran: Part 2


Flag of Babak Khorramdin and the Red Shirts
816 AD – 837 AD
Banner of Persian freedom fighter Babak Khoramdin and his Red Shirt followers. Red Shirts were one of the original Persian resistance forces against the Bani Abbas Caliphate and the Arab occupation of Iran. Red Shirts fought with the First AIOG (Arabo-Islamic Occupational Government).

For more information on Babak Khorramdin read:

222 Years of Struggle for Independence of Iran: Part 3


Akhtar Kaviani (Banner of Yaqub)
Saffarid Yaqub Leis Saffarid Akhtar Kaviani Standard Banner 861 - 879 Iran Flag
Saffarid Dynasty: 867 AD – 1003 AD
Akhtar Kaviani (Star of Kaveh)
Flag of Yaqub Leis Saffarid, liberator of Iran from the First AIOG (Arabo-Islamic Occupational Government). Yaqub was the starter of the Saffarid Dynasty, the first Iranian Dynasty which recaptured and controlled the majority of the Iranian land (States), since the First Arabo-Islamic Invasion-Occupation of Iran. Yaqub is Iran’s greatest freedom fighter, because if there was no Yaqub, then Iran of today, would still have been an Arab Colony! Yaqub ended the occupation of Iran by the Arabs; he revived the integrity of Iran and the Persian Culture. Once more, he made the teaching of Persian Language mandatory in the Iranian Educational System.

Some believe that Yaqub is in fact the legendary “Kaveh” who liberated Iran from the Arab Caliph Al Mu'tamid-ol bi-Allah of Abbasid whom represented “Zahak”. Yaqub’s Akhtar Kaviani is revival of the original Derafsh Kaviani. Yaqub was the visionary who designed this banner based on the original Derafsh Kaviani. This is the official banner of Yaqub, Iran’s greatest freedom fighter of all times.

What Yaqub Means to Iran and Iranians

If there was no Yaqub, today as Iranians you would be speaking Arabic!
If there was no Yaqub, today as Iranians you would be called Arabs!
If there was no Yaqub, today’s Iran as an independent nation would have not existed!
If there was no Yaqub, then Ferdowsi would have had no Persian Language to purify!
If there was no Yaqub, the Persian Language would have not existed today!
If there was no Yaqub, Iran in its today’s unified form would have not existed!

The Anti Yaqub Wave

Many “So-called Historians” or as I refer to them as “Ignorant and Illiterate Iranian Celebrities”, due to historical ignorance do undermine what Yaqub has done for Iran and they undermine the place of Yaqub in the Iranian history. Let’s be very blunt. Today’s Iran exists because once upon a time there existed Yaqub.

The Drive-By Historians

These “So-called Historians” are not true “Scientific Historians” but they are in fact “Mosquitoes” and “Wanna Be Historians” in dreams of popularity and greatness. What they do is not writing history but it is a Drive-By shooting to the history of Iran!

These days, any petty buffoon Iranian TV Showman, Iranian Radio Talk Host or Tabloid Web Master believes that he is an expert in history of Iran. These days every Hassan or Hussein has changed his Arabic name to Darius and Cyrus and then he has published a cheesy book on Amazon and now refers to himself as a scholar, an author and an expert in the Iranian History! Do not be fooled by all of these illiterate “Wanna Be Historians”. Educate yourselves to the true scientific history of Iran.

For more information about Yaqub Leis Saffarid read:

Pictorial History of Iranian Military Uniforms: Chapter 14 Saffarids

222 Years of Struggle for Independence of Iran: Part 4

Atlas of Iran Maps: Chapter 7 Saffarids


Saffarid Official State Banner 867 - 1003 Iran Flag
Saffarid Dynasty: 867 AD - 1003 AD


Saffarid Battle Banner
Saffarid Battle Banner 867 - 1003 Iran Flag


Qaznavid Sultan Mahmoud (Sebuktigin) 977 - 1030 Iran Flag
Banner of Sebuktigin
Qaznavid Dynasty: 977 – 1186


Qaznavid Official Standard of Gray Crescent and Peacock 977 - 1186 Iran Flag
Qaznavid Dynasty: 977 – 1186


Flag of Shah Ismail I Safavid
Shah Ismail I 1501 - 1524 Iran Flag
Safavid Dynasty: 1501 AD - 1736 AD
This is the official flag of Shah Ismail I of Safavid Dynasty 1501 AD – 1524 AD. Shah Ismail I was starter of the Safavid Dynasty. During the Safavid era, once again Iran had become an Empire! Safavid reinstated the great Persian Empire.


Flag of Shah Tahmasb Safavid
Shah Tahmasb 1524 - 1576 Iran Flag
Safavid Dynasty: 1501 AD - 1736 AD
This is the official flag of Shah Tahmasb of Safavid Dynasty. This flag has been used for 5 decades during the reign of Shah Tahmasb of Persia (1524 AD – 1576 AD). The reason he had placed a sheep on the official flag, was 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.


Safavid Lion and Sun Flag
Reinstating of the Achaemenian Lion and Sun
Safavid Lion and Sun Banner of Shah Ismail II 1576 - 1577 Iran Flag
Safavid Dynasty: 1501 AD - 1736 AD

This is the first re-appearance of the Lion and Sun Emblem since the Achaemenid Era.
Shah Ismail II reinstated the Lion and Sun. This flag was used during the Safavid Dynasty and during the 1576 AD – 1666 AD period. Shah Ismail II surely receives a great amount of credit for this task.


Flag of Shah Abbas the Great
First appearance of the Lion, Sun and the Sword
Shah Abbas the Great Lion, Sun and the Sword Banner 1587 - 1629 Iran Flag
Safavid Dynasty: 1501 AD - 1736 AD
The official state banner of Safavid during Shah Abbas the Great 1587 AD – 1629 AD. Shah Abbas I was the greatest Shah of Safavid Empire. This is the first appearance of the “Lion, Sun and The Sword” Emblem on the Persian Flag. If not the original designer, then surely Shah Abbas the Great was the original person who used the “Lion, Sun and The Sword” Emblem as the official state banner of the Second Persian Empire.

Please notice that the “Lion, Sun and the Sword” is a Persian Original Emblem. The Sword is a genuine “Persian Curved Sword” and not a Zolfaqar Sword (Arabic Double Bladed Imam Ali Sword).

For more information about the Lion, Sun and Sword Emblem read:

Iran Flag: Please Save the Persian Lion from Becoming a Gay Pussycat!


Flag of Shah Safi II
Shah Safi II Banner 1666 - 1694 Iran Flag
Safavid Dynasty: 1501 AD - 1736 AD
This is the official flag of Shah Safi II of Safavid Dynasty. This flag was the official flag of The Second Persian Empire (Emperaturiye Pars) during the reign of Shah Safi II (1666 AD - 1694 AD). The colors were amazingly similar to the original colors of Derafsh-e Kaviani, The Sassanid Banner! The Gold, Purple, Red and White were back in style! Obviously Shah Safi had a retroactive state of mind!


Safavid Battle Banner
Safavid Qezelbash Special Forces Military Tricolor 17 AD Iran Flag
Safavid Dynasty: 1501 AD - 1736 AD
Safavid Qezelbash Military Tricolor Banner


Flag of Nader Shah the Great
Nader Shah the Great Standard Banner 1736 - 1747 Iran Flag
Afsharid Dynasty: 1736 AD – 1749 AD
Flag of Nader Shah 1736 AD – 1747 AD. This flag was used by Nader, one of the greatest military minds and war strategists of the world also known as the “Iranian Napoleon”. Nader has been named, Napoleon of Iran, Genghiz Khan of Iran and Alexander of Iran. This flag was used by Nader Shah in Iran’s 18th Century colonial military campaigns. Nader was the greatest military genius of Iran. During Afsharid Dynasty, Iran once more, became a relevant Imperial Power. Even though Nader expanded the boundaries of Iran at its greatest, since the Pre-Islamic period; yet, you cannot see a sword in Naderi Lion’s hand and in Nader’s Flag!

Persian Colonial Empire

Nader Shah was the designer of the:
Persian Colonial Empire
Persian Colonial Army
Persian Colonial Navy

Iran once more had become a Continental Imperial Power with colonies stretching from the western Asia all the way to the middle of India in central Asia and from northern Caucasia all the way to the middle of the deserts in the Arabian Peninsula.

For more information about Nader and the Persian Colonial Empire read:

Pictorial History of Iranian Military Uniforms: Chapter 18 Afsharids


Flag of Ali Qoli Shah the Fair
Ali Qoli Shah-e Adel AKA Adel Shah the Fair Banner 1747 - 1748 Iran Flag
Afsharid Dynasty: 1736 AD – 1749 AD
This was the flag of Ali Qoli Shah-e Adel (The Fair) of Afsharid Dynasty. This was the official banner of Ali Qoli Khan (1747 AD - 1748 AD). The sword was back in the scene! The Lion and Sun is an ancient logo going back 8000 years all the way to the Shush (Susa) Kingdom of Iran. The Sword had appeared during Shah Abbas Safavid reign. And from this date Ali Qoli Khan had officially re-added the Sword to the Lion and Sun.


Afsharid State Banner
Afsharid Persian Colonial Empire State Standard Banner 1736 - 1749 Iran Flag
Afsharid Dynasty: 1736 AD – 1749 AD
The official state banner of Afsharid


Afsharid Tricolor Banner
Afsharid Persian Colonial Empire Tricolor Pennant Standard Banner 1736 - 1749 Iran Flag
Afsharid Dynasty: 1736 AD – 1749 AD


Afsharid Battle Banner
Naderi Battle Banner
Afsharid 12 Striped (12 Khat) Battle Banner 1736 - 1749 Iran Flag
Afsharid Dynasty: 1736 AD – 1749 AD
The famous Afsharid 12 Striped (12 Khat) Battle Banner used to be waved in all major colonial campaigns of Nader Shah, from India to Russia! This was the famous “Naderi Battle Banner”.


Afsharid Courthouse Banner
Naderi Court Banner
Afsharid Courthouse Banner 1737 - 1745 Iran Flag
Afsharid Dynasty: 1736 AD – 1749 AD
The official Banner of the Persian Colonial Empire’s Imperial Courthouse during the Afsharid Dynasty. Notice the similarities between this flag’s colors and the original Derafsh Kaviani colors. Nader was obviously a student of history who was found of the ancient Persian history.
“Beyraq-e Darbar-e Shahanshahi-ye Emperaturi-ye Pars” (Beyraq-e Darbar-e Naderi).


Afsharid Courthouse Pennant Banner 1737 - 1795 Iran Flag


Imperial Persian Colonial Navy Banner
Naderi Navy Banner
Afsharid Imperial Persian Colonial Navy Standard Banner 18 AD Iran Flag
This was the mighty Naderi Persian Colonial Naval Banner. Nader revived the Persian navy and during his reign the Imperial Persian Colonial Battleships were roaming the Black Sea, Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf, Sea of Oman and the Indian Ocean with this banner waving high in the skies. Nader had created a powerful and a dreadful naval force dominating the region.

For more information about the Afsharid Colonial Navy (Naderi Navy) review:

Pictorial History of Iranian Military Uniforms: Chapter 18 Afsharids

Atlas of Iran Maps: Chapter 9 Afsharids


State Flag of Zand
Zand Dynasty State Pennant 1750 - 1794 Iran Flag
Zand Dynasty: 1750 AD – 1794 AD
The Zand Green Striped Lion and Sun Pennant

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