The Rhode Island state flag has a white background upon which is centered a symbolic design. Thirteen gold stars, representing the original thirteen colonies and Rhode Island's status as the thirteenth state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, encircle a gold anchor, a symbol of hope. Beneath the anchor lies a blue ribbon with the state motto - "Hope" - in gold lettering. A gold border surrounds the flag on the top, bottom and fly end. The flag was adopted in 1877.
Rhode Island flags for outdoor use are constructed of a durable nylon fabric especially developed for flag use. Nylon's tight weave provides maximum beauty and flyability as well as brilliant, fast colors. Its weave helps shed pollution, dirt and grime that the looser weave alternatives absorb. Nylon is water repellent and mildew resistant.