Profile (ornamentation)

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profiled handrail and baluster of a stone banister

In the field of ornamentation, the term profile or profiling refers to the rounding and recessing of an originally angular workpiece or an entire component.

In the background there can be mainly practical functions (e.g. handrails or roof tiles) or decorative reasons (e.g. tracery, vaulted ribs, consoles) - sometimes practical and decorative reasons mix (e.g. the profiling of Cornices).
Decorative profiles were traditionally mainly made from wood by carpenters and carpenters and from
mortar and natural stone by plasterers and stonemasons . Profiles made of plastic and metal mainly serve more functional than decorative purposes and are mostly produced industrially by extrusion , casting or, in the case of sheet metal ( beads ), by rolling , bending, pressing or folding ; Metal profiles are seldom formed by forging or hammering .

Common examples

Handrail with Omega profile

Most of the examples given below are also carried out without a profile:

Profiling in the roof area

Profiling in facade and interior design

Wood profiles in interior fittings and furniture construction