You don’t have to break the bank to adorn your walls. Well-framed artefacts can make quite the statement.

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A BLACK BASE IS BEST FOR SILVER ARTEFACTS

Here, the dagger itself is such a strong element that its framing has to be simple and subtle.

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DISPLAY INDIAN MOTIFS

Handmade printing blocks can be flaunted on a recessed mount in a striking colour, and then on a neutral base before framing.

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GIVE DEPTH AND ENHANCE COLOUR

Here, a narrow canvas has been wrapped around a stretcher, and mounted on two different coloured fabrics on wooden boards. The colours add to the artwork.

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CARVING WORKS FOR ANTIQUE PHOTOGRAPHS

Give a photograph of your ancestors a traditional look. This frame has two fabric mounts to give it grandeur. Neutral hues have been used to complement the sepia-toned pictures.

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CLEAR GLASS FRAMES NEED A WHITE BACKDROP

Press a print between two sheets of glass. Here, pieces of antique Gujarati carvings from khidkis have been put together as a frame to complement the art.

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BLANK SPACE OPENS UP PHOTOGRAPHS

Photographs are recessed for two reasons: so that the glass doesn’t touch the picture, and also to make it look prettier. Wide mounts with an off-centre placement of the photograph accentuates the look.

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PRESERVING HERITAGE

Display jewellery to add opulence to a wall. Team an under-mount mirror and a black fabric mount with an ornate, carved frame.

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MAKE A SMALL WORK MORE IMPACTFUL

Placing a small canvas in a wooden frame will make it seem even smaller. Mount it on a stretcher, and frame with an inset, leaving open space on the side.

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FRAME FABRIC IN DIFFERENT WAYS

Recess a precious piece so that it doesn’t touch the glass. Wrap a phulkari around a wooden stretcher. Fabric can be pressed between two glasses, “…but it loses impact,” says Kavita Singh, owner of Picturesque. She suggests using the motif off-centre. “First recess, then frame,” she adds.

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BLACK & WHITES NEED NO ORNAMENTS

A cutting from a 17 th century newspaper depicting a dog show has been subtly framed in solid wood with a metal inset. Simple, yet commanding.

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BOXED-IN FRAMES

A tribal silver necklace has been framed in a recessed box with a thin metal frame. It is further mounted, and then framed with carved, ornamental wood.

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GUJARATI JHARONKA

If you have a metal Ganesha or Buddha idol, and don’t know how to place it, this makes for a great option.

The art of Framing

Every artwork is unique in its own way, and should be framed using individual techniques to make it stand out.

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NEUTRAL and SUBTLE MOUNTING

Hang masks, animal heads, or any other three-dimensional objects on a heavy ply mount, covered with neutral shades of raw silk.

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CAPTURE A TRADITION AND FRAME IT

The bride’s hands have been juxtaposed with a wooden block with a similar motif. There are six layers in this frame to give the picture depth.

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GIVE A GRANDER LOOK TO A PIECE

To give this stone piece from a haveli in Gujarat its due importance, it has been teamed with a complementing fabric, recessed and then framed.

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