Do you know what lithography is? It was (also is) a way of making prints by etching a reverse image on a stone (or if you're lucky a metal plate), painstakingly rolling velvety black ink over it, and running it through a press. It is, in my opinion, from experience, the most paint-staking and dull method of print-making. But I know others can really get into the zen motion of rolling on the ink and drool over its aforementioned velvetyness.
I am constantly mind-boggled by the effort put into reproduction pre-digital era, and the beauty of the prints. Because really, they can be pretty velvety.