About the rugs that inspired these socks:
The Afshars (sometimes spelled Avshar) are a nomadic Turkic tribe who originated in Central Asia and are now found in parts of Iran, Syria, and Turkey. Many Afshari make their home in the area surrounding the Iranian city of Kerman. Most of the rugs woven by the villagers and nomads from this area are called Afshari (even though some are made by people from other groups such as the Buchakchi).
Afshari rugs are quite diverse. They use a number of construction methods and feature an array of different designs. Despite this variability, certain similarities exist. Most Afshari carpets are predominantly red or blue, and many (especially the flatweaves) feature repeated horizontal bands of intricate motifs. The cuffs of these socks draw from this tradition and showcase a variety of elaborate textured stitches.