Flag of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic

Nagorno-Karabakh Republic
Use National flag
Proportion 1:2
Adopted June 2, 1992
Design A horizontal tricolor of red, blue, and orange with a white sideways zig-zag chevron in the fly

Since Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast lacks a flag, the Flag of Azerbaijan SSR was used.
Use Historical
Proportion 1:2
Design see Flag of the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic

On June 2, 1992, the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, a de facto independent republic claimed by Azerbaijan, in the South Caucasus region, adopted a flag derived from the flag of Armenia, with only a white pattern added. A white, five-toothed, stepped pattern was added to the flag, beginning at the two verges of the flag's right side and meeting at a point equal to one-third of the distance from that side.[1] The white pattern symbolizes the current separation of Artsakh (the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic) from Armenia proper and its aspiration for eventual union with "the Motherland."[2] This symbolizes the Armenian heritage, culture and population of the area, and represents Nagorno-Karabakh as a separated region of Armenia by the triangular shape and the zigzag cutting through the flag. The white pattern on the flag is also similar to the designs used on rugs, a symbol of national identity.[3] The ratio of the flag's breadth to its length is 1:2, same as the Armenian Tricolor.[1]

Armenian Influence

Nagorno-Karabakh Republic's flag heavily borrowed from that of the Republic of Armenia. Similar to the Armenian flag, the red stands for the blood of the 1.5 million Armenians killed in the Armenian Genocide, blue is for the Armenian pure sky, and orange represents the country's courage. Artsakh uses this flag because a majority of its inhabitants are, and consider their nation to be Armenian.


  1. 1 2 "Attributes of Statehood". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nagorno-Karabakh. Archived from the original on December 16, 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-09.
  2. "Flag of Artsakh / Nagorno-Karabakh". Flags of the World. Retrieved 2007-01-09.
  3. "The Significance of the Armenian Rug | Armenian News By MassisPost". massispost.com. Retrieved 2015-12-01.

See also

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