Picture and photo faming dates back many centuries, with one of the earliest examples to be found dating back to 2nd Centry A.D. in Ancient Egypt where a fayum mummy portrait was discovered at Hawara still within its wooden frame.
With the discovery of this it would be viable to suggest that portraits may have been hung in the Egyptians homes. Although framing borders were used to divide ancient art scenes and ornamentation by ancient Egyptian and Greek artists in pottery and wall paintings.
The first carved wooden frames as we know them today appeared on small paintings in twelfth and thirteenth century Europe. Time has moved on, traditionally picture frames are made from metal, gold, silver and bronze and now aluminium, plastic or polystyrene are also popular. Gilding is also common especially on older frames with their elaborate mouldings.
There are many companies selling picture frames from the cheap to the very expensive bespoke frame, it is always good to go for higher quality as it will set off your photo or picture to its best potential, you can mount your item yourself but it is always prudent to have a professional do it, you can use any colour mount to suit you dcor or to set the picture or photo off.
When it comes to choosing Photo Frames there are so many styles and materials it is good to look at a well respected supplier such as Addison Ross who have been in the business since 1978 providing art and frames to well known banks and hotels for many years, thus they have very good advice to give to help you purchase the right size, design for your specifications. Today, as fashions come and go, mirrored and glass frames are very popular, but a classic design that never dates is a silver frame, it never fails to impress and sets off any picture perfectly.
Another popular choice is the multi frames great for being able to accommodate whole families or wedding photos or just themed pictures in a very artistic way. Another classic are the wood Picture Frames, there are so many different woods to choose from, you are sure to find the correct colour to sit beautifully with your furniture and the style of house you live in. The popularity of enamel frames is rising due to the elegance of the frame when finished in enamel, you can choose from a vest arrange of colour and set with some diamante will really bring it to life. You could also get creative with the kids and make your own picture frames, you could use shells, pebbles, straws or crayons, whatever takes you fancy and make something to keep forever.