Historians believe that the current flag is derived from an earlier design, a virtually identical flag of the powerful Cretan family of Kallergis. This flag was based on their coat of arms, the design of which was supposedly derived from the standard of their supposed ancestor, the Byzantine emperor Nikephoros II Phocas (963-969 AD). This design (according to descriptions that are not easily verifiable) included nine stripes of alternating blue and white, as well as a cross thought to be placed in the upper left. Although the use of alternating blue and white - or silver - stripes on (several centuries old) Kallergis coats of arms is well attested, no depiction of the above-described pattern (with nine stripes and a cross) has survived.
New wood variant
Flags made of new, unused wood without holes or cracks. They are more accurately processed and thanks to that the individual parts fit together better.
Old wood variant
Flags made of old used wood in rustic style. Cracks or nail holes are an integral part of this material.
Handmade Wooden Flags
Our handmade flags are a truly unique and original addition to the home, cottage or as an unusual gift. The rustic flags are made from burnt old or new boards using the Shou Sugi Ban method, which gives each flag an original pattern and texture to the surface of the wood.
The flags are treated with a high quality paint that resists direct sunlight with no signs of yellowing or colour degradation.
The wooden flag is designed primarily for indoors. It can also be placed outdoors, as long as the flag does not come into contact with water. It can be hung on the wall, hanging hook included with each flag along with a dowel.
What is the Shou Sugi Ban method?
We use a method called "Shou Sugi Ban" to make our flags. This method of woodworking originated in Japan and involves burning the raw soft wood until it is deeply charred. The charred wood is scraped and cleaned to remove any black charring. The result is a deep texture between the hard (dark) and soft (light) grains of the wood that enhances the natural grain of each piece of wood used in the flag.
Shou Sugi Ban hardens the wood and greatly improves its water resistance. The method was used as a cladding for traditional Japanese buildings.
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