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Why don't country flags use the color purple?

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There are 196 countries in the world today and virtually none of them have purple on their national flag. So what’s wrong with purple? After Skool explains how the color was worth more than gold.

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Why is purple considered the color of royalty? - History

The color purple’s ties to kings and queens date back to ancient world, where it was prized for its bold hues and often reserved for the upper crust. The reason for purple’s regal reputation comes down to a simple case of supply and demand.

Tyrian purple - Ancient History Encyclopedia

Tyrian purple (aka Royal purple or Imperial purple) is a dye extracted from the murex shellfish which was first produced by the Phoenician city of Tyre in the Bronze Age. Its difficulty of manufacture, striking purple to red colour range, and resistance to fading made clothing dyed using Tyrian purple highly desirable and expensive.


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