Most people whether they have artwork at home on their wall or are visiting a gallery or museum never actually realise how important the frame is to the artwork it is housing and how it adds to their enjoyment of the piece of artwork they are looking at.
Frames are not just there to protect and support the art work inside, the structure of the frame along with the design and the materials it is made from must enhance and compliment the art work that it is showcasing, but not so much so that it overpowers of takes away focus from the art.
You can look at the simplest frame to the most details and antique frame, but they are all more complex than they appear from the materials used to make them right up to the design and detail of the frame. Traditionally antique frames are made from carved wood and gesso and are gilded, some frames can be made of more exotic materials and some very basic but they are all as complex in creation.
All frames become vulnerable over time and need to well looked after or they can deteriorate, if this happens the artwork inside the frame becomes threatened and can be damaged or destroyed.