The French Flag is a vertical tricolour (tricolore) of blue, white and red.
It was adopted in France in 1794, during the French Revolution. The colours are said to represent the three estates of the old French regime. Blue (the nobility), white (the clergy) and red, (the bourgeois). Although, the three colours of the French Flag are occasionally said to represent the three elements of the revolutionary motto “Freedom, Equality, Brotherhood". Freedom (blue), Equality (white) and Brotherhood (red).
During the French Revolution, lots of revolutionaries wore cockades. A cockade is a circular knot of ribbons worn on a hat or as a badge. Camille Desmoulins was a politician who called on the Parisian crowd to revolt in 1789, two days before the storming of Bastille. At first, they wore green cockades but then changed to blue and red as these are the historical colours of Paris. Marquis de Lafayette (a French military hero) added the white to the Parisian cockade to nationalise the design. The tricolour cockade became the official symbol of the Revolution and in 1794 became the colours of the official national French Flag. These cockades influenced Italy to form their own cockades of red, white and green.
The French Flag was not the first tricolour flag to represent a nation, although other nations adopted a tricolour flag after the French Revolutionary Wars, including those of Belgium, Ireland and Italy.
Buy the best outdoor quality flags
MrFlag® best quality outdoor printed flags are among the most versatile and best value flags on the market. Manufactured by us to produce optimum flying weights from top quality materials, our knitted polyester option is a fantastic combination of fly-ability and durability. For an even more durable option, try our exclusive Rhyfelwr™ polyester.
We expect our durable outdoor quality printed flags to last as well as sewn flags whilst flying much better at lower wind speeds. In our view, heavier sewn flags appear to last longer only because they spend less time flying in light wind.
If another flag maker claims that sewn flags last longer than MrFlag durable outdoor quality printed flags for the same number of visible flying hours, challenge them to provide the test data!
Bold vivid colours on both sides of the flag.
Our colours are bright and vivid. We start with vibrant RGB art and lay down our own 8 colour bi-directional print onto the fabric, forcing far more ink through the weave than many of our competitors.
Most flag makers in the UK and across Europe send out flags with 75-85% show-through on the reverse – while some produce as little as 50-60% after tempting you with super-low prices.
Our flags regularly test as 95% show-through; a difference which is very nearly indistinguishable to the untrained eye.
Poor show-though on flags is almost always the result of cutting corners with ink volumes or value-adding processes.
'Anti fray' netting option.
Choosing the Antifray option results in a piece of white netting being sewn to the right edge of an outdoor flag. It is commonly held that this netting will fray first, thus prolonging the life of a flag – however we are not aware of any statistical evidence to back this up. We believe it is an unnecessary expense which, in many cases, has the opposite effect to that which is intended. We offer an ‘antifray’ option ONLY because customers occasionally insist on it. We do not recommend it.
Made to order.
These durable outdoor quality printed flags are made to order and customers should allow 5-7 days for them to be manufactured and despatched. If your order is time-sensitive, please tell us at the time of ordering.
- Our best quality flag.
- Recommended for regular outdoor use.
- Durable Rhyfelwr™ option for extended outdoor use.
- Our colours are bright and vibrant.
- Double stitched hem.
- Choice of fittings.
- Anti fray netting option.
- Best value industry-standard 110-115gsm knitted polyester.
- Exclusive extra durable Rhyfelwr™ polyester.
- Flame-retardant and labelled as such.
- Colourfast. Our colours do not run when wet.
How long do MrFlag flags last?
No flag lasts for ever. This is a universal truth.
Even quality flags as durable and well-made as ours will succumb to high winds. The stronger and more frequent the wind, the sooner your flag will need to be replaced. This is normal wear and tear.
We regularly receive reports of our standard 110-115gsm knitted polyester flags lasting 12-18 months or longer, but this is not the norm and should not be expected. Many customers need to replace their flags every six months or so and most within a year, but in the winter – especially during sustained high winds – this can be much less.
You can increase the life of any flag by taking it down at night, avoiding flying it during periods of severe weather, and also by ensuring that the flagpole is free of rough patches and protrusions upon which the flag can catch.
MrFlag® is the only flag maker in the world operated by a Fellow of the Flag Institute. This doesn’t imply any particular endorsement of us by them (or vice versa) – though we have been a registered trade member since 1992 – it’s just a fact.
MrFlag® was also the very first flag maker in the UK to sell flags online – and we’ve been the top rated flag maker in Wales on Trustpilot since 2018.
Find out more about these (and other) claims, on our About Us page.