In our previous discussion on preserving Chinese silk embroidery, we emphasized the importance of framing as a crucial step in safeguarding these delicate artworks. Please see ‘Tips on Caring for and Preserving Chinese Silk Embroidery’. Framing not only protects the silk embroidery from damage but also enhances its visual appeal, making it a focal point of home decor. In this article, we explore deeper into the factors to consider when framing Chinese silk embroidery, ensuring both preservation and presentation are prioritized.

The silk embroidery I talk about in this article refers the one that has been stretched and mounted onto a fabric. It’s ready for framing already. This article will tell you some factors that you should consider when you have your silk embroidery framed in your local framing store.

silk embroidery mounted

Silk Embroidery 'The Kiss' Stretched and Mounted onto Fabric


Indeed, there are numerous factors that warrant careful consideration. This is precisely why I advise our customers to procure mounted silk embroidery and arrange for framing at their local framing store. Apart from the risk of fragile silk embroidery with glass being damaged during shipping, ensuring proper framing involves a multitude of considerations.


* The photos used in this post are all from our customers who share their silk embroideries with us after framing. You can find more examples of framed silk embroideries at 


1. Selecting the Right Frame

Choosing the appropriate frame is essential for both protection and aesthetics. Opt for high-quality materials such as wood or metal, ensuring durability and longevity. Wood frames, in particular, offer a traditional charm that complements the natural beauty of silk embroidery art. However, ensure the wood is sealed to prevent acid damage, which can degrade the delicate fibers over time. Consider the style of the frame as well, aiming for a design that enhances rather than overwhelms the intricate artwork. Simple, elegant frames often work best, allowing the silk embroidery to take center stage without distraction.

silk embroidery with metal framing

Silk Embroidery 'Lady Playing the Harp' in Metal Frame

framed silk embroidery 'the drunken beauty'

Silk Embroidery 'The Drunken Beauty' in Wood Frame


2. Utilizing UV-Protective or Non-Reflective Glass

Sunlight poses a significant threat to silk embroidery, causing fading and damage to the delicate silk threads. To mitigate this risk, opt for UV-protective glass that blocks harmful UV rays while still allowing the artwork to be displayed prominently. Alternatively, non-reflective glass can enhance the visual impact of the framed silk embroidery, reducing glare and reflections for a clearer view of the intricate details.

framed silk embroidery the drunken beauty

Masterpiece Silk Embroidery 'The Seated Guanyin' Framed with Museum Glass (Non-reflective)


3. Prioritizing Acid-Free Mounting Materials

When framing silk embroidery, always use acid-free backing boards and matting to prevent yellowing or damage to the delicate fibers. Acidic materials can accelerate deterioration over time, compromising the integrity of the artwork. By prioritizing acid-free mounting materials, you can ensure that your embroidery remains pristine and protected for years to come.

Custom Silk Embroidery Artwork Framed with Acid-Free Materials


4. Considering Matting for Ventilation and Protection

Matting serves a dual purpose in framing silk embroidery: it adds visual interest and prevents the fabric from directly touching the glass. This airspace created by matting allows for ventilation, reducing the risk of condensation buildup that could damage the silk embroidery over time. When selecting mat colors, choose hues that complement the silk embroidery artwork without overpowering it, striking a balance between protection and aesthetic appeal. However we have some customers who prefer to have their silk embroideries framed without mat to enhance the beauty of the silk embroidery work. 

framed silk embroidery 'two peacocks'

Framed Silk Embroidery 'Two Peacocks' with White Mat

chinese silk embroidery 'twelve koi fish'

Silk Embroidery 'Twelve Koi Fish' Framed with the Brocade Mat

framed silk embroidery 'lady with pipa'

Framed Silk Embroidery 'Lady with Paipa' with no mat


5. Implementing Customization Options for Personalization

Take advantage of customization options to tailor the framing to your specific preferences and decor style. Experiment with different frame colors, matting designs, and glass types to create a unique presentation that highlights the beauty of the silk embroidery. Personalization not only adds a personal touch but also ensures that the framed artwork seamlessly integrates into its surroundings, becoming a cherished focal point of your home.

framed chinese silk embroidery 'The Kiss'

Framed Silk Embroidery 'The Kiss'

Conclusion: Elevating Your Silk Embroidery Display

Framing Chinese silk embroidery is not merely a practical consideration; it's an opportunity to elevate the presentation of these exquisite artworks while ensuring their long-term preservation. By carefully considering factors such as frame selection, glass type, mounting materials, and customization options, you can create a stunning display that protects and showcases the beauty of your silk embroidery for generations to come.

Whether you're framing a cherished family heirloom or a newly acquired masterpiece, investing in quality framing is an investment in the preservation of cultural heritage and artistic craftsmanship. Let your framed silk embroidery take pride of place in your home, serving as a testament to the enduring beauty and craftsmanship of this timeless art form.


by Su Embroidery Studio (SES), Suzhou China

SES is dedicated to Chinese Silk Embroidery Art and High-End Custom Embroidery 

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