Ottoman silk flags as Objects of Propaganda

Barbara Karl
Curator of Textiles and Carpets, MAK — Museum für angewandte Kunst,Vienna

In the history of wars of conquest, flags and banners have been treated as bearers
of prestige and media for propaganda ever since Antiquity. In the army, flags manifested
the rank of the person whose tent they adorned, or the division that bore them at its head. They served furthermore as communicators within the army. The meaning of flags
changed according to context: at the moment of conquest they came from being media of organisation and identification within the army to becoming the symbol of dominance
and occupation.

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