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What is a picture frame?

This article is aimed at helping customers understand the different terminology for the 4 most common names used for the frames that display pictures.

What is a Picture Frame?

        Framed Picture        

By far the most common term associated with framing paper based artwork. A picture frame is used to display any type of flat artwork including prints, photos, needlework, watercolours, certificates and posters. A picture frame consists of the frame moulding(typically wood or aluminium), the glazing in front of the artwork and backing board behind the artwork. Additional elements can be added to further enhance the look of the framed picture such as picture mounts, title boxes or mount slips.

Most picture framers will buy lengths of pre finished mouldings from their suppliers and chop the lengths into 4 mitred and correctly sized pieces to manufacture the base picture frame, whilst some very high