Islamic fine art frames often use a repeated Greek key device as well as flowing calligraphy in their designs. We love their sheer brilliance, glittering with the traditions of fine metalwork intrinsic to the region and its cultures.
To achieve a jewel-like intensity, at Bourlet we gild each frame not just once but twice, adding a lavish second layer of gold leaf to increase depth. This technique can easily be translated to another style of profile, where the work of art demands to be treated so.
Subtleties differentiate English fine art frames from their French counterparts. The boles, or clays, used under the gilding are paler; muddier reds or soft pinks, even a greyish blue instead of the deep vermilion of the French. As a result, the gold is knocked back, looks less rich.