About the rugs that inspired the socks:
The Salor are one of the oldest and most distinguished Turkmen tribes. Sources suggest that the tribe has existed since the eleventh century. They were quite powerful in the region in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Unfortunately it is impossible to be sure if there is a connection between the groups using the name Salor at various times. A small group of people using that name still live north of the northern Afghanistan city of Herat.
The attribution of particular Turkmen rug styles to specific groups of people is notoriously controversial. Expert opinions differ widely, and the debate can become quite heated though the distinctions between the rugs appear subtle to the untrained eye. For the non-specialist, it will suffice to say that Salor rugs are bright red and feature repeating columns of octagonal geometric motifs called guls. These socks draw on both the color and the columns of alternating large and small guls.