The flag of Turkey (Turkish: Türk bayrağı) is a red flag with a white crescent moon and a star in its centre.
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|Material||Bunting - Traditional flag material woven from 100% polyester spun yarn. This type of material is commonly used throughout the flag industry worldwide.|
|Hoisting||Includes heading, rope and toggle ready to fly|
|Ceremonial Flags||*Printed on two panels with a join in the centre|
The flag of Turkey is called Ayyıldız (moon-star) or Albayrak (red flag). The Turkish flag is referred to as Alsancak (red banner) in the Turkish National Anthem.
The star and the moon are two sky elements symbolizing the Tengrist beliefs of the sky-worshiping ancient Turks. In Turkic Mythology four colours are associated with four cardinal directions such as "gok-blue" (east), "aq-white" (west), "al-red" (south) and "qara-black" (north). These colors represent the direction towards the zenith where the Tengri is residing in the sky. Red and white colors on the flag of Turkey symbolize the south-western branch of Turks called Oghuzes who are the founders of present-day Turkey as well as Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Gagauzia. Same mythology gives the Turkic names of the Black Sea and Mediterranean; Karadeniz being in the north and Akdeniz being in the west respectively. Turkestan's flag is similar to Turkey's, with only difference being blue.
The flag uses the same symbols of the former Ottoman flag, adopted in 1844 with the Tanzimat reforms, but the shape, placement and shade of the colour vary. The geometric proportions of the flag were legally standardised with the Turkish Flag Law in 1936.