NOTE: We are only accepting batch orders of framing for exhibitions and interior design projects at the moment. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Integrity and standards

Our frames are led by integrity, not by price.

The most common timber used in picture framing is Obeche, which comes from tropical forests in Africa. It’s widely used by framers because it’s cheap and has a very even and indistinct grain. At Mount we refuse to keep using timber that is logged, albeit legally, in huge quantities from sensitive areas that shouldn’t be used for commercial exploitation. We’re phasing obeche out of our offering completely, replacing it with a new pared-back selection of frame mouldings that we deem to have a high ethical and sustainable integrity. Read more.

The inside of a frame is as important as the outside. Many framers drive down prices by making frames quickly using cheap materials that degrade paper over time. Many “conservation” mountboards and materials are often so-called as a marketing spin, and are not recommended by genuine conservators. We only use materials that have been approved by paper conservators, which means we only use cotton mountboards, and specialist gummed tapes or traditional starch-paste and mulberry paper. We adhere to International Organisation for Standardisation guidelines to ensure that our materials and techniques will not damage the image or accelerate natural decay rates.

Prices

Custom framing is similar to getting a suit made for you by a tailor, and this can be a good way of thinking about the cost of handmade frames too. The price varies depending on the materials used and the standard required. Prices start at around £85 and average at around £400, but can be more for large or complex frames. We’re working on a simple online selection which will be cheaper than our fully bespoke service, TBA.

 

Waiting times
We are only accepting batch orders of framing for exhibitions and interior design projects at the moment. Sorry for any inconvenience. Email Simon to enquire.