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Joshaqan

Knitting
January 2011
Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi) ?
7.5 stitches = 1 inch

About the rugs that inspired the socks:

Joshaqan (sometimes spelled Joshagan) is a small town in Iran northwest of Isfahan. The history of rug making in Joshaqan is contested. Some early nineteenth-century carpet scholars have suggested that it was one of the major rug producing areas of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries while some more recent scholars have found this unlikely and suggested that the rug industry did not begin in the area until the nineteenth century.

In either case, the rug industry in Joshaqan is thriving today and produces carpets with a very distinctive style. Joshaqan rugs feature a lattice design with stylized floral motifs in the center of the lozenges. Red is a common color, but neutral colors are also frequently seen. This sock mirrors this traditional lattice design and muted color scheme.