This category of our website is dedicated to ornamental border designs (borders, frieze patterns, frame patterns).
Ornamental border designs (or border patterns) line the surface of a specific shape where some content (text, image, motif, design...) is found. In addition to the fact that each border design directs attention to the content within, it also prevents the content to get out of the defined borders and overlap the neighboring motifs.
The choice of the border design depends on personal taste, whereby there is a general recommendation that might come in handy, found in a book on art history: the border design should be in accordance with the design of the content that it encircles. If it encircles a content that is not visually appealing, then the border should have an attractive design. On the contrary, if it encircles some attractive content, then the boarder design should be less attractive so as not to distract attention away from the content. For example, if the border encloses a text, it is the border itself that should be attractive because the text is less interesting in appearance. This is just a small, helpful hint for selecting the right border, as the border design depends on many factors.
The border does not have to be of regular geometric shape, but of any irregular shape. If the border pattern encloses an irregular shape at its center, its inner margin can follow the irregular contour of the content and the external margin may be regular, or vice versa.
Frieze patterns and border patterns are very similar. Frieze patterns can be made from most border patterns by cutting the segment and copying it. Also, border patterns can be made from most of the frieze patterns if you solve the corner rotation.
Border design can also be created from corner deigns by copying them into corners, which allows space in the middle to place the content. If you have not found a border design to your liking in this category, visit the category Sign and sign end patterns of that may help you find inspiration, as ornamental signs, borders and frames can be very similar.
All border designs in this category are free to use for personal use and some of them can be used commercially. These designs are under Creative Commons Attribution License. Before you make use of these border pattens in your project, please check and observe the license that we have prescribed.
All the ornamental border designs will be available in universal vector file formats (svg and eps), as well as in .dwg file format which is the most commonly used 2D format.
We'd love to see what you create using our border designs and have your work featured in our Showroom gallery.
A set of four Ancient frieze patterns created in Inkscape vector editing software.
On this page you can download a simple pattern which we called the Ancient Greek crown ornament.
Here is a collection of 16 ancient antique patterns known under the names of Greek fret patterns, Greek key patterns and meander patterns.
Here are several designs for Ancient Greek meanders that should meet the requirements of almost any graphic designer.
On this page you can download an antefix frieze pattern with a palmette ornamental motif.
Here you can download the free decorative pattern called Arabic frieze from the Omu mosque in Cairo.
This is a collection of eight meander border patterns, a very old but still usable frame borders.
Typographic Art nouveau borders from early 20th century. We discovered these in an old typographic catalog from the beginning of the 20th century.
Here you can download an Art Nouveau border pattern shown in the picture below.
This is a collection of 7 Art Nouveau borders that were found in various vintage ads from old magazines.
This is a simple frame design drawn in the Art Nouveau style, with a circular blank surface in its center, and designed to decorate square surfaces.
On this page you can download Art Nouveau frame border design. It consists of 4 corner designs arranged in each corner.
On this page you can download the Italian Renaissance pattern called "Border corner ornament".
Here you can download a corner border vector (see picture) called the brier stencil border vector.
In front of you is a zoomorphic Celtic frame pattern available for download in 2D CAD and vector file formats.
Here you can download a Celtic knot border vector pattern, which is rectangular in shape and composed of one celtic knot design.
Here you can download a Chinese border ornament, which is rectangular in shape and composed of floral motifs.
For all fans of chip carving decorating technique, here we present a simple rectangular border pattern that they can use in their carving projects.
This is a collection of simple-looking chip carving patterns that can serve not only beginners but also more experienced woodcarvers.
This is a very simple border scroll saw pattern, which you can quickly cut even manually (with copy saw, scroll saw machine...).
On this web page you can download a collection of 11 decorative frames whose design dates from the early 20th century.
On this page you can download a collection of 22 ancient Egyptian frieze patterns.
In the collection which you can download here, there are 27 Art Nouveau illustrations by the famous Austrian painter and illustrator Julius Klinger (1876–1942).
On this page you can download a collection of 13 classic frieze ornaments.
This is a collection of decorative frame designs, which, as you can see in the picture are very beautiful and elegant.
The picture shows the appearance of nine repeating patterns that you can download here, which we called the 'Floral frieze designs'.
Here you can download a collection of 23 Indian frieze patterns. All the patterns come from two old books with the theme of history of decorative art.
This is a large collection of 57 patterns named interlaced border corners according to their pattern type and purpose.
On this page you can download a collection of 20 ribbon designs that we have found in different old books.
On this page you can download a collection of 26 ribbons and scrolls. All of them have been found in old books.
On this page you can download a collection of 18 scroll banners.
In the collection which you can download here, there are 27 scroll designs.
Here you can download a large collection of 31 scroll line frames. They are very easy to draw, especially in 2D CAD or vector software.
The frame border in the picture is called the conventionalized leaf border and we have drawn it in Inkscape vector software.
In front of you there is a corner floral ornament, ready for download and use in your graphic or craft projects.
Here you can download an interesting vertical rectangular frame border that we found on the cover of an old book.
This is a set of four curved frieze patterns. All of them come from public domain books and have been converted to this useful set by using 2D CAD software.
As you can see in the picture, you can download three stencil frame borders here which we have descriptively named 'Decorative floral borders'.
Here we present to you a collection of 3 decorative line borders of rectangular shape.
This is a collection that contains 4 decorative sign ends. All the signs are fully editable, so you can modify them to meet your design specifications.
If you are engaged in embroidery craft and need a square-shaped tablecloth design (actually square-shaped border), you might like this one here that you can download in 2D CAD and vector file formats.
The square pattern that you can see in the picture was found in an old book and we named it after the inscription beneath the image of the design: Design for a linen damask napkin by Prof. C. Graft, Manufactured by Mr. J. Meyer in Dresden.
On this page you can download the collection of 'border designs' called Elizabethan cartouches.
On this page you can download an elliptical sign design with a dragon on each side.
This is an Etruscan ornament seen on a vase artifact discovered at a site that belonged to the Etruscan civilization.
On this page you can download a floral border design of a vertical rectangular shape.
There is a high demand for frame border patterns, especially with floral motifs, so we present one here.
If you need a rectangular frame with floral motifs, why don’t you take a look at this picture!? If you like what you see, feel free to download!
On this page you can download the pattern called Floral frieze design which is based on an illustration found in an old book.
Beautiful foliage sign layout in the Art Nouveau style which is intended to decorate vertical rectangular surface areas.
If you need a foliate ceiling ornament, you have come to the right place where you are offered to download two very beautiful frame border ornaments with foliate motifs:
If you need frieze patterns, this collection of fret and chain frieze patterns may satisfy all your requirements.
Download for free simple geometrical frieze patterns. The patterns are not complicated and can be used in many ways.
If you need free vector patterns inspired by Art nouveau style, these three grape frieze patterns may satisfy all your requirements.
Here you can download a simple border that has been created with 4 corner patterns.
Here is the set of four guilloche patterns that are suitable for decorating picture frames, mirrors and various other framed items.
If you need frieze pattern inspired by ancient world, these guiloche interlaced frieze patterns may satisfy all your requirements.
This collection contains 36 shields which have been drawn on the basis of medieval coats of arms found in old books on heraldry.
On this page you can download a simple frame vector that we named the Holly border vector.
If you need a rectangular frame with interlaced corners, why don’t you take a look at this picture!? If you like these borders, feel free to download!
Here you can download an Art Nouveau border. It has been discovered in an old typographic catalog, where it was named ‘Knickerbocker ornates’.
On this page you are presented with 7 sign border patterns that are suitable for laser cutting, which is why we called them ’laser cut border patterns’.
Here you can download a collection of 4 vector sign border designs suitable for laser cutting.
The lion sign design that you can download here is simple, consisting of a circle and two symmetrical lion silhouettes on both sides.
On this page you can download a simple vector that we named the 'Morning glory frame border'.
On this page we present and offer to download three mysterious frieze designs from outer space.
This ornament is based on the stone relief carving which was found in the Assyrian city of Nineveh.
Download art nouveau design intended to decorate book covers, a modern border design from the early 20th century.
Download free Ornamental border pattern that can be used in many ways in your design projects.
On this page you can download the ornamental frame that comes from the painting of the famous painter Alphonse Mucha.
This is a collection of four ornamental sign ends. All sign ends we found in an old book, and it's a shame to be forgotten on its pages.
Here you can download beautiful ornamental sign with wings and acanthus leaves.
If you need to decorate a book page, cover, pamphlet, and the like, maybe this Page border design is the right solution for that.
On this page you can download an interesting vintage frame border of rectangular shape which we have descriptively called the page border with scrolls.
We have found this pattern on the cover of the book “Real pen work: self-instructor in penmanship” (published 1881).
Here you can download an elegant frame border descriptively named the picture border for book cover.
On this page you can download a very simple sign design which we called the Radiate ornamental sign.
If you need a Renaissance ornament, you have come to the right place - here you can download a fine rectangular design in the style of the Italian Renaissance.
On this page you can download the rectangular ornamental frame whose appearance can be seen in the picture.
On this page you can download frame border design in the Renaissance style.
On this page you can download Roman frieze ornament whose main motif is the Palmette (Anthemion).
On this web page you can download a collection of 11 scroll banner designs.
Here you can download two very attractive scroll line borders designed to decorate horizontal rectangular surfaces.
As you can see in the picture, we have put at your disposal a frame pattern suitable for scroll saw technique.
This is a collection of scroll shields that we found in an old book. We can often see similar shields on various coats of arms.
This is a collection of Scroll style border designs drawn in a 2D CAD software and transformed into vector graphics.
On this page you can download three frame border designs suitable for the sgraffito decorating technique.
Here you are presented with two rectangular frame patterns named ‘Showcard border vectors’.
On this page you can download a free 2D design that can serve as a decorative border for rectangular horizontal signs.
On this page you can download a simple frame vector that we named the Sign border vector.
On this page you can download a collection that contains 9 sign end designs.
In this collection you will find 71 simple cresting designs. This collection includes only simple geometric cresting designs.
If you need a free pattern for decorating with marquetry technique, on this page we have provided one named table marquetry decoration.
If you need a vertical rectangular scroll frame border, here is one - more than 100 years old and called the ‘stylus border vector’.
Here you can download an elegant frame border descriptively named the Title page border in Art Nouveau style.
If you need to decorate a cover, invitation letter, pamphlet, and the like, maybe this title page border vector is the right solution for that.
On this page you can download 5 scroll line frame borders called vectorized Bowman borders, based on the caption in an old typographic catalog where they were found.
Here we present a very interesting frieze pattern that we named Viking frieze ornament.
On this page you can download two frame borders named ‘vintage scroll vector borders’.