A cheap vinyl door caught my eye for some reason a few days ago, and was struck by a curious paradox:
Real wood, when used in doors, window frames, or elsewhere where it intended to be painted rather than left natural, is usually sanded smooth.
Fake plastic wood (some like to call it vinyl) usually has a very clear man-made grain.
So the manufacturers of these artificial materials try to make us think their fake stuff is the real stuff, by purposely making it look like ... fake stuff!
It's hard to figure, but I am willing to bet they have a marketing survey somewhere that demonstrates that people really are subliminally comforted -- deep in the dinosaur part of the brain, they must associate "grain = wood" and that makes the artificial seem less artificial.