So is it correct to use such expression or there is a better word or phrase to express that? In case someone needs an example sentence (I have doubts regarding this), I'm not going to use the expression in a specific context. It's going to be just a standalone expression or word, referring to real-world objects in general.

EDIT: To be more precise, I'd like to express the rich texture and non-flat structure of the surface of some objects, visualised on screen. Also it can be more poetic, not obviously straightforward

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    Without context, this is almost impossible. What do you mean by rich - complex? rewarding? opulent? – JHCL Oct 17 '15 at 12:55
  • @JHCL I think rich in sense having rich texture and non-flat (three-dimensional with some decorative elements) surface. It's going to be applied to some objects, drawn on a screen. – tonso Oct 17 '15 at 13:01

From what I can understand probably precious may convey the meaning you are referring to. Precious is often associated with valuable stones (diamonds, sapphires etc.) for instance, and it carries the connotation of value and richness that can be used generically and figuratively as in : a precious book, a precious initiative or a precious texture. In you specific example you can also use elaborated/decorated texture to contrast the idea of a flat, plain one.

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    I guess elaborate is the right word. – tonso Oct 17 '15 at 16:56

How about ornate?

1 : marked by elaborate rhetoric or florid style

2 : elaborately or excessively decorated

From Merriam-Webster Online


Perhaps "complex texture" may fit or, if you want to emphasis its artistical aspect, you may use the adjective flamboyant.

"flamboyant" definition: strikingly bold or brilliant; showy; conspicuously dashing and colorful; ornate; elaborately styled.

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