An argument has been made that shot silk was also described as purpura at this time, the Latin word mainly applied to purple although there are multiple references to purpura being red, green and black-and-red, as well as "varied".
Shot silks are used today to make neckties and other garments.
A liberal but orderly process of migration into Europe from the Muslim world and from Black Africa remain dim.
The most spectacular change anticipated for the next two decades is the growth of Turkey to outdistance Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom as the largest regional population outside of Russia.
The market economy in Europe has slowed down its population growth; the Europeans are at present 12 per cent of the world's population, down from 27 in 1900.
The German-speaking Europe contains a new large, fast-growing, unified market of senior citizens who are rich, active, and in good health.
The young profile of the population in Eastern Europe is helpful to its current difficult process of change.