From the cessation of the Roman Empire, India’s prosperity had always been greater than that of Europe, and when merchants began to bring back stories of the magnificence of the new Mughal ascendancy from the 15th century, the interest of the West grew.  Before long, imported Indian goods and designs began to influence western wares – especially furniture, objects and textiles. With the colonisation of the sub-continent, this direction became reciprocal and the history of Indian design and interiors from the 16th century to the present day includes a rich vein of cross-fertilisation between East and West.