A process whereby a design is moulded or carved onto a surface, so that the design stands higher than the ground, bringing the pattern into relief. A range of embossing techniques are used in the production of textiles. For example leather panels may be embossed by stamping and then painted are excellent on walls, doors and screens.

See also gauffrage, engraving.

A close-up of a painted wooden screen with embossed leather panels finished with copper studs. 

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