very good observation, I just finished a 25 image show on this paper where Black was important and yes I agree the texture helps the black.
Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Lindan View Post
The paper has a very pale 'ivory' coloured base.

It's a textured paper so d-max isn't going to be as high as glossy. That said, the paper works wonderfully with images with huge swathes of pure black - the texture gives the black some life.