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To Mat or Not to Mat

How do I know which mats are best to use?

Should I use conservation glass?

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Framing Terms:

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Mats
   
Decorative mats
   
Alpha cellulose mats
   
Rag mats
Glazing:
   
Regular glass
   
Reflection control
   
Conservation clear
   
Conservation, reflection control
   
Anti-reflection
   
Museum

 

 

Thanks for visiting this page.  Please note that I'm still working on the Framing Terms below.

Mats:

The mat(s) serve two purposes.  First, it is decorative.  The correct choice of mat colors can enhance any piece of artwork.  Second, and most importantly, it protects the artwork by providing an "open air" space between the artwork and the glass.  Conservation framing dictates that the artwork should never be placed directly behind the glass without some type of spacer (i.e. mats). 

There are basically three types of mats being produced by the manufacturers today. 

1)    Decorative mats - These mats are made of paper products and are the least expensive of the matting options.  They should be used for decorative framing only - never for conservation framing.  These mats are chemically treated to be ph neutral, but are not considered conservation-grade, acid-free.  While they are the least expensive option and not considered acid-free, they are perfectly fine to use for general framing purposes.

        Suggested uses:    Posters and open edition prints

2)    Alpha-cellulose mats - While also made from wood products like the decorative mats, these mats are highly processed to the point that they are considered acid-free and can be used for any conservation framing needs. 

        Suggested uses:    Diplomas, limited edition prints, items with financial or sentimental value

3)    Rag mats - The best choice in mats.  Made from 100% cotton, these mats are naturally acid-free because cotton is an acid-free product. 

        Suggested uses:    Diplomas, limited edition prints, items with financial or sentimental value

 

Glazing:

Glazing is the term used for covering the artwork in a frame with either glass or acrylic (plexiglass).  There are several options available and your framer should be able to recommend the correction option(s) based on the type of item you are having framed and the location where you will be hanging the frame.

1)    Regular -  Regular, clear glass is the least expensive option

2)    Reflection control

3)    Conservation clear

4)    Conservation, reflection control

5)    Anti-reflection

 6)    Museum