Last week a client brought in one of the most beautiful Hermés Paris scarves I’ve ever seen. Framing this Hermés scarf was one of my favorite designs so far. We have framed many scarves, but it never gets old. Framing cloth items and textiles often requires a bit more work than a normal frame job because most of the pieces require hand sewing to the backing/mating. This piece was also topped with museum glass which offers the highest level of ultra light filtering technology and eliminates up to 85% of the annoying glare that hinders you from enjoying your art. On top of being anti-reflective, the museum glass has conservation grade UV protection. So you’re pieces will look amazing and be safe from long term damage! With this scarf having such a fun and wild pattern, we had to pick a frame that would match the energy without overpowering the piece. This modern metallic frame with a hint of wood peeking through was a perfect choice!
Hermès scarves or carré was introduced in 1937. One of the first, which was a print of white-wigged females playing a popular period game, was a custom-made accessory named Jeu des Omnibus et Dames Blanches. Hermès oversaw the production of its scarves throughout the entire process, purchasing raw Chinese silk, spinning it into yarn, and weaving it into fabric twice as strong and heavy as most scarves available at the time.
The company’s scarf designers spend years creating new print patterns, individually screen-printed. Designers chose from over 200,000 different colors. When scarf production first began, a dedicated scarf factory was established inLyon, France; the same year, Hermès celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Contemporary Hermès scarves measure 90 cm × 90 cm, weigh 65 grams and are woven from the silk of 250 mulberry moth cocoons. All of the hems are hand-stitched. Scarf motifs are wide-ranging, Two silk-scarf collections per year are released, along with some reprints of older designs and limited editions. And two collections per year are introduced in a Cashmere/silk blend. Since 1937, Hermès has produced over 25,000 unique designs; the horse motif is particularly famous and popular. The seen-everywhere “Brides De Gala” version, introduced in 1957, has been produced more than 70,000 times. An Hermès scarf is sold somewhere in the world every 25 seconds; by the late 1970’s more than 1.1 million scarves had been sold worldwide.
The scarves are so popular that some have found themselves worn by Queen Elizabeth II in a portrait for a 1956 British postage stamp, worn by Princess Grace Kelly in a photograph on the cover of a 1956 issue of Life magazine, used as a sling by Princess Grace for her broken arm, employed by actress Sharon Stone in a bondage scene in the film Basic Instinct, made into pillows or otherwise as framed wall-hangings.