Picture Framing Help

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Picture framing
I am interested in getting some pictures framed and I need some recommendations on the best place to do it.

Basically I'm looking for a shop that has simple, yet stylish frames. I'm not looking for anything flashy, painted, gilded or sculpted. I'm looking for a stained natural wood, similar to the one in this photo.

I also need a shop that has a decent variety of matte colors and who can pull off a decent double or triple matte.

I have about a dozen photos that need framing. Most will be framed individually, but some will be framed in triptych style like the image above.

So, any recommendations?


Anonymous salam said...

You have the big names like Da7da7..which does sound funny but he's good and also expensive, he is rabieh area.There is also Sharaf in Webdeh, and I know of a place called Mariam, but haven't tried it it is behing Jabar commercial compound .My personal favorite, one that shouldnt be too far from your place is a small place in 1st circle called Barjawi..very nice guy, he has most of the basic frames you are looking for and lots of colors for the passe-partout cardboard.I made quite a bit of frames at his place and he's good and much cheaper than the rest.I highly recommend him IF you have an idea of what you want..don't expect him to give you the ideas though.If you want exact directions let me know.

5/12/2007 9:30 AM  
Blogger Dave said...


The only one that I have heard of in the list you mentioned is Sharaf, but I'd be interested in trying Barjawi. Would you mind giving me exact directions?


5/12/2007 9:45 AM  
Blogger Jad said...

Try Robina (7th circle, next to Amman terminal), they have decent stuff and they aren't expensive.

5/12/2007 10:14 AM  
Anonymous salam said...

Sure,the street is actually called Bohtori road ,but since this is amman I have to give you pysical directions..you know how when you are going from second circle to first there's this narrowish street next to Belle Vue Hotel?you take this street and keep driving straight, there will be a point where the street will sort of bend to the right( in front of abu jbara falafel place,you also keep going straight all the way, you will know you're in the right place because you will see clothes hanging all around you, it's mainly a second hand clothes road, 150 M before you reach the end of the street on your left side there's a white and blue small round canopy on your left hand and I think it says BARJAWI only in arabic.There's abig shop that sells only cigarettes in front of it.Sorry for the troubled directions but thats how the street is:) If you're not familiar with the area at all email me,I can call you and explain more: salamnajjar@gmail.com

5/12/2007 11:02 AM  
Blogger Firas said...

Dave, try Bandak Art
It's adjacent to the Safeway(the airport road). So lets say you are coming from the 7th circle going to the airport, just take your first right and then go as if you are going towards Safeway, it will be the building adjacent (shoulder to shoulder) to the Safeway, first floor.
I recommend dealing directly with the owner, Mr.Ihsan

5/12/2007 11:16 AM  
Blogger MommaBean said...

Wow, I've passed Barjawi and wondered if he was any good. I also need a bunch of stuff framed so maybe I'll give him a look-see. Thanks for the post, Dave, I needed to recommendation as well.

5/12/2007 11:19 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Ok, here's where I'm at.I went to Barjawi first (Salam, your directions were perfect). The shop owner, Fouad, was very nice and seems plenty capable, but he didn't have the frame I was looking for. He's going to makes some calls and get back to me this evening if he found the right one. I didn't get any pricing from him.

Next I went to Bandak Art and spoke with Ihsan. He didn't have the exact frame I was looking for, but had another frame that I really liked. He quoted me 30JD for each 8x10" (20.32 x 25.4 cm) image, which includes a triple matte, glare-free glass and 45 x 50 cm frame. The cost for the triptych would be 65, including matte, glass, and 75 x 43 cm frame. Ihsan was very nice and seemed extremely capable.

I left Bandak Art and went to Robina Studios, where I usually have my photos printed. They had the exact frame that I was looking for. The sales person I spoke with quoted the same price for the 20.32 x 25.4 cm images and a price of 50JD for the triptych. The salesman was a bit spacey and didn't seem to understand what I was talking about, so I confirmed the price with the guys who do the actual work.

Whomever I choose, I'll most likely have them do a simple framing as a test in order to judge their quality before I hand over a dozen projects.

Thanks for all the advice. I'll let you know how things turn out.

5/12/2007 1:48 PM  
Blogger joladies said...

well. I always go to Bazlamit on Sweifieh. Phone no 5818480. He is on the road going up to Chez Hilda and is on the right hand side by the building that goes to a razor sharp point!! T

5/12/2007 8:05 PM  
Anonymous salam said...

Yes you probably should start with one to see what it turns out like..which reminds me I have to get a frame fixed at Barjawi!

5/13/2007 10:51 AM  
Anonymous wedz said...

hi dave, i think i didnt catch you @ th bloggers meetup ;( sorry
anyway try kodak grandfloor mecca mall :D

5/13/2007 12:31 PM  
Blogger Omernos said...

Dahdah is awesome, I really like the place.

There's another, but it's mostly a gallery with artoworks but has a section of Frames. It's called Maryam Gallery in Mecca St.

Do you know where Grand Market is? There's this building, with the Silver something jewellery ad facing it. The other side of it, not next to Ghassan's stationery shop, the side on the street after you pass by Al Dai'a on your right hand side you go after the intersection and it's there.

There's a place called Joe Pizza (not sure) but the gallery is in that building, it has a little entrance.

I hope the place's still there and still sells frames! hehe

5/13/2007 10:16 PM  
Blogger Dave said...


I think I've used Maryam Gallery in the past. I went to some place near Grand Market in order to have some paintings framed a year or two ago. Thanks for the recommendations.


I received a call from Fouad Barjawi yesterday evening, who claimed that he had found the frame. I went down to the shop and, sure enough, it was the same frame that Robina Studios showed me.

The difference is that he quoted me a price of 25JD for the 8x10" (20.32 x 25.4 cm) and 35JD for the triptych, which is a considerable cost savings compared to the other offers.

I left him a couple pieces to work on. I'm slated to pick them up on Saturday. If they're good quality, I'll take a few more over for him to work on.

5/14/2007 5:42 PM  

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