About the rug that inspired the sock:
Gördes (sometimes spelled Ghiordes) is a town in western Turkey. Rugs have been woven there since at least the eighteenth century. The history of Gördes rugs, especially Gördes prayer rugs, is difficult to establish with certainty. In the late nineteenth century, the prayer rug style became exceptionally popular, and any rug with an arch was likely to be called a Gördes. Rug books from this period are often full of blatantly incorrect (though charmingly romantic) information about both the town and the rugs.
Rugs of strikingly different colors, materials, and constructions have been attributed to Gördes, and telling a real Gördes from a fake can be ex- tremely challenging. Most feature an arch, often supported by decorated columns, and sometimes flanked by designs depicting hanging lanterns. All of these elements are represented in these socks.