|Flag of Nagorno-Karabakh|
|Adopted||June 2, 1992|
The flag of Nagorno-Karabakh or Artsakh is a horizontal tricolour of red (upper stripe), blue, and orange (literally "peachy") with an ornamental hoistward pointing arrow at the fly side of the flag.
The flag is based on the flag of Armenia and reflects the ties between Armenia and the region.
The westwards pointing arrow signifies Artsakh's current separation from Armenia proper, and its hopes for union with the motherland. The design also recalls that of the world famous Armenia rugs.
Nagorno-Karabakh is an enclave populated by Armenians surrounded by territory populated by Azerbaijanis. The first government of Karabakh was formed in July 1918. The territory was disputed between Azerbaijani and Armenian authorities, until in July 1923 its status was defined as that of an autonomous oblast within Soviet Azerbaijan. The region had no specific flag, the flags of Azerbaijan and the Soviet Union were flown.
In 1988 the Supreme Soviet of the autonomous oblast voted to reunite with Armenia, which was rejected by the central Soviet authorities. In 1988-1989 the region used a flag of its own: a red banner with the oblast emblem. In 1989-1991 the region was under direct Soviet administration from Moscow. On January 6, 1992, the local authorities proclaimed independence as the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. It was not recognised neither by Azerbaijan, nor by Armenia or any other country.