Sharif Frame Maker

One of my photos framed by Sharif Bhi.We all hang frames in our homes, it may be our favorite picture, a poster, a painting, calligraphic art or an Islamic image and often we go to these framing guys who charge huge amounts to frame our favorite picture and still we don’t get satisfactory results. I too had been searching for a framer who would provide me with quality framing within an affordable cost so one day I asked Tapu Javeri if he knew someone who could frame a few Photographs of mine at an affordable price without compromising on quality and Tapu was kind enough to showed me the way to the Sharif Frame Maker.

Situated in Indus Gallery, Bath island, Sharif Frame maker is managed by a poor man, Sharif Bhi, who is in the business of frame making since around 20 years and has worked for various prominent artists of Pakistan. When I walked in to this small work shed of Sharif Bhi I had this list of estimates for my required 19×15 inch wooden frame, I had gathered from various parts of Karachi which read: New Karachi: 600/=, North Nazimabad (Hydery market): 700/=, F.B.Area: 700/= , Gulshan-e-Iqbal (University Road): 800/= and Gulshan-e-Iqbal (Mashriq Centre): 1000/=. I expected Sharif Bhi’s price somewhere between 600 – 700 but much to my surprise he quoted only Rs.250/- for a single frame.

Sharif Bhi's Worker
The Framing at Sharif Frame Maker is both excellent and cost efficient. The place has a large variety of borders, from contemporary to classics, from painted to unpainted, carved to un-carved you name it and he will provide it for you and if you plan to ship your frames anywhere around the world he will even make crates to carry the frames. A crate for two with a hinged lid and a lock costed me Re.300/-.

For any art student, artist or anyone looking for a framing solution this place is sure to provide you with quality solution at an incredibly low price.

Sharif Frame Marker:
Address: Indus Gallery, 50/A Bath Island, Karachi.
Mobile: 0300-3514953

20 Comments so far

  1. english nitpicker (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2007 @ 4:51 am

    I think you mean at a ‘reasonable’ price

  2. english nitpicker (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2007 @ 4:52 am

    and the correct spelling is variety

  3. corny (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2007 @ 5:22 am

    well better not to pick on english mistakes, they are aplenty if you take a thorough look ;)

  4. Erum (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2007 @ 6:55 am

    Excellent post Jamash. When I was in khi last year, I wanted to get a few pictures framed and didn’t know where to go. I will remember this place for my next visit :)

  5. Obi Wan Kenobi (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2007 @ 10:17 am

    Might be he gave you a discount when you told him that you would his pic. online and would do his online publicity. There is no other way that he could be 65% cheaper than all Karachi.

  6. AJ (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2007 @ 11:02 am

    I wished I knew about him last year when I was in Karachi. very helpful post. thanks….

  7. Sajid (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2007 @ 12:15 pm

    Jamash thanks for the insight….its good to see that posh locality has not effected the skills and cost of his work!

  8. Raja Islam (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2007 @ 12:24 pm

    Thankx Jamash.

  9. MB (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2007 @ 1:15 pm

    250 ?? you must be kidding bro. Seriously its quite low considering the quality work he produces (as per your experience ).

    Thanks for sharing. I had a painting i did 10 years back I needed a good frame for it. I will sure goto this place.

    Also did you lure him with publicity or anything else ? Did you mention Tapu’s reference. This is important for us to know. Awaiting an honest reply.

  10. Jamash (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2007 @ 2:31 pm

    Thank you for the corrections.

    @ MB: I did mention Tapu’s name but not before he quoted the price :)…

  11. kiran ali (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2007 @ 6:04 pm

    I am delighted at this post coz just the day before i got an office work where i needed to get some paintings famed….thanks jamash and yes i dont think English mistakes have anything to do with the content of the discussion so why point them out.

  12. MB (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2007 @ 6:46 pm

    Great !!
    Thanks. I will sure get hold of him for my frame. Mine is almost double your paint/portrait so i guess he should be fine with -500+.

  13. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2007 @ 7:03 pm

    Nice post, Jamal.

  14. Balma (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2007 @ 8:11 pm

    *its good to see that posh locality has not

    ******* Posh locality? Bath Island?
    Abay, just because a neighborhood has an English name doesn’t make it a posh locality. Ever been there?
    Full of garbage on streets, no side walks (foot paths) or broken ones, lots of charsee mavali types walking around….. May be in 40’s it was a posh locality, not today when all sorts of stupids have moved in there, along with champoo police walaas and govt servants.

    And then all the kachi abadis surrounding the area!

    You call this a posh locality?

  15. Salman A. (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2007 @ 8:40 pm

    @balma, very well said :)

    i don’t understand why people emphasize these crappy buzz words like ‘posh locality’ and ‘elite class’ on a public forum about a city (Karachi) where the majority of the population is living below the poverty line and the majority of the remaining majority is barely surviving? i would say nuts, and thats all it comes down to :)))

    i read your other comment about Benazir’s nose job.. again very funny… i think her nose is still crooked, she better get it done all over again.. LOL..

  16. Balma (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 8:34 am

    You mean she has a hooked nose…
    I just hate her so much that it brings out the ugliest side of me.

  17. Painter (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 1:42 pm

    Hey Jamash…am very interested in getting stuff done from this guy…could you give rough directions to his shop…the raods are so badly labelled here that it might be impossible to find his shop with just the address….

  18. Painter (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 1:43 pm

    Hey Jamash…am very interested in getting stuff done from this guy…could you give rough directions to his shop…the raods are so badly labelled here that it might be impossible to find his shop with just the address….

  19. Sufi (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 4:58 pm


    He can be easily located. Their is a board which reads street 1. There is a board reading Indus Gallery outside the house.

  20. Ameer Hamza (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 10:54 pm

    Although it is easy to reach Shareef bhai, but I must mention to you all interested in framing, that you need to check out Fresco Chowk, which is perhaps the largest frame makers market in the city.

    For the size of 16 by 20 wood or PC, the rate is Rs.275 as against Rs.400 by Shareef bhai. I personally checked with both.

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