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.
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.