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Why Don’t Country Flags Use The Color Purple?

Why Don’t Country Flags Use The Color Purple?


there are 196 countries in the world
today and virtually none of them have purple on their national flag.
Throughout history, purple was never used to represent a kingdom civilization or
Empire. So what’s wrong with purple? It’s such a popular color today.
why would no country use it in their flag? the answer is really quite simple
purple was just far too expensive. No countries have purple on their flag
because up until the 1800s purple was worth more than its weight in gold
the color purple has been associated with royalty power and wealth for
centuries. In fact, Queen Elizabeth the first forbade anyone except close
members of the royal family to wear it. Purple’s elite status stems from the
rarity and cost of the dye originally used to produce it the dye initially
used to make purple came from the Phoenician trading city of Tyre which is
now in modern-day Lebanon fabric traders obtained the dye from a small sea snail
that was only found in the tyre region of the Mediterranean a lot of work went
into producing the dye as more than 10,000 snails were needed to create just
one gram of tyree and purple since only wealthy rulers could afford to buy and
wear the color it became associated with the Imperial classes of Rome Egypt and
Persia purple also came to represent spirituality and holiness because the
ancient Emperor’s kings and queens that wore the color were often thought of as
gods or descendants of the gods sometimes however the dye was too
expensive even for royalty third century Roman Emperor aurelion famously wouldn’t
allow his wife to buy a shawl made from tyree and purple silk because it
literally cost three times its weight in gold
a single pound of dye cost three pounds of gold which is the equivalent of fifty
six thousand dollars today so since the sheer price of purple was so
astronomically high no one not
when the richest nations could afford to have purple on their flag the hue became
more accessible to lower-class is about a century and a half ago in 1856 18-year
old English chemist William Henry Perkin accidentally created a synthetic purple
compound while attempting to synthesize quinine an anti-malaria drug he noticed
that the compound could be used to dye fabrics so he patented the dye
manufactured it and got filthy rich purple dye was then mass-produced so
just about everybody could afford it the elite stopped valuing purple and the
status symbol faded away but the country flags remain the same since 1900 a
handful of new national flags have been designed and a few of them have opted to
use purple in their flag so don’t be making any bets just yet hopefully you
found this interesting sometimes the simplest questions have the most
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100 comments on “Why Don’t Country Flags Use The Color Purple?

  1. This video did so well that I decided to turn the concept into a children's book. I expanded upon the story and enhanced the art to create a 46 page, hardcover book. Ideal for ages 4-13, but has something for every member of the family. Please have a look – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9xQQ92hC-k&t=2s Thank you so much for the support!

  2. 2:58 such a sad reminder that Spain actually was a republic at some point and not the monarchic BS it is right now.

  3. For your information! Qatar flag called maroon, but in rightly it's purple as the same history shows that old flags was created the color from snail/ Mauricio shells and the records in Qatar national museum and library, so Qatar is the first to put purple color on it flag.

  4. Start wearing purple, wearing purple, start wearing purple for me now…
    https://youtu.be/SkkIwO_X4i4

  5. 2:58 What's going on with that Spanish flag? 🤣🤣 Republican flag with a monarchist coat of arms 🤯🤦‍♂️😂

  6. Fun fact: The Second Spanish Republic used purple due to a misconception: Old Castillian flags were discovered which looked purple, but originally they were crimson. However when the color faded out due to the passing of time the result was a purple-looking hue

  7. Spain's flag had purple from 1931 until 1969. Several Rajahs of India had flags with purple from the 1700's until 1960's – Rajapala, Mansa, Baudh . . . .

  8. I would never thought my purple jog pants I have worn when I was a kid could be used as a display of wealth and status once upon a time

  9. It would be more interesting to know why GLOBALISTS signal that they are……. by wearing Purple….eg Slick Willie & Madam Sin the night of the Election.

  10. Actually…..The flag of the Kingdom of León used purple, virtually the most important Kingdom of Spain in the year 1000, that power might explain the use of purple.

  11. They don't use it because the Rothshild Flag has it. It's not about country's. It's about banks.

    (Aluminum hat off)

  12. So when we see relgious types wearing this in history its not actually dmto do with god but in your face my wealth is greater then yours. I think were dealing a snail genocide that fell through the cracks of history.

  13. RE all the mentions of Byzantine purple, it is worth mentioning that this particular hue of purple ("purpura" in Latin) was a red with very little blue, somewhere in between what we call today "bordeaux" and "burgundy": https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyrian_purple#Modern_hue_rendering
    So, very far away from the violet hue of purple.

    Still, I do like to think that Gabriel Omar Batistuta was, in a way, the Last Porphyrogenete Emperor. 🙂

  14. The French flag of the kings until the revolution in 1789 was a purple flag with gold thread embroideries of fleurs de lys… Do your research….some were blue hues for the common folks, but the flag of the Kings when they traveled was purple in silk velvet with real gold threads..

  15. You might be wrong there – it's not because they couldn't make purple (you get it by simply mixing red and blue dyes, or even from dried onions; as a matter of fact bright red was harder to obtain), it's more likely purple didn't have any meaningful symbolism. You have red for blood, blue for sea, yellow for wealth, green for fertility, black for resilience, white for purity. Purple for… gay?

  16. Estonia had purple in its flag since the 1700's until it was occupied by the russians. Also, some Japanese prefectures (Tokyo, Kyoto, Gunma, etc) have their regional flags in purple but I think that is a modern thing. And there comes, of course, the flag of the Second Spanish Republic, a so-called "government in exile" in the time of the Francoist Spain, with no real power, authority or recognition. Also Spain had some dependencies with flags that included purple. And there are also some more obscure places that had purple in their flag over time.

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