Mats & Liners

What is the difference between a linen liner and a mat?

A mat is made of paper. Your artwork sits behind the mat. Mats create a polished, classic presentation, adding depth and scale, while softening the transition from image to frame. Mats are available in a multitude of colors, textures and styles and can be custom cut to fit almost any size.

A linen liner is made of linen stretched over a wooden frame. Your artwork will sit inside the linen liner. Genuine linen over natural wood makes for an elegant, upscale presentation. Linen liners add depth and soften the transition from image to frame. Linen liners are a perfect accompaniment to canvas art, paintings of all kinds and even photos. They also add structural support for larger pieces of art.

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Which mat should I choose?

When framing and matting a photo, document or piece of art, you must consider the value of the object being framed. If your piece is purely decorative, you can choose one of our many of décor mats, from cotton to metallic to suede, in a huge array of colors and styles. These mats are an economical choice for many types of presentations, however may not protect your piece over the course of many years. If you are framing a valuable and irreplaceable object that you intend to preserve for generations, you should choose one of our acid-free, lignin-free mats. These pH neutral mats meet conservation standards. We offer conservation-grade matting in a variety of styles and colors.

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What are decorative mats?

Decorative paper mats are a great economical option for your piece. They are pH neutral, buffered for extended life and protection for your art.

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What is an acid-free mat?

Acid-free mats are made of 100% cotton fiber core and backing which are naturally 100% acid-free and lignin-free. Acid-free mats are recommended for matting precious photography, important documents, heirloom photos and more.

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What are rag mats?

Our Rag Mats are made of 100% cotton fiber core and backing which are naturally 100% acid-free and lignin-free. The conservation surface is buffered with calcium carbonate to an alkaline reserve of 3-5%, so you can be sure they won't degrade your matboard or artwork.

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What is a V-Groove mat?

A V-Groove mat creates the illusion of double matting, which elevates the overall look and feel of any presentation, and helps to draw the viewer's eye to the fine art in the center.

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What is a reverse-bevel cut mat?

A reverse bevel cut mat has a bevel that runs inside instead of out. In effect, it gives you a straight edge on the window. The primary reason to choose a reverse bevel cut is to hide the colored core (white, black or off-white) that is in the center of all mat boards. You may choose a reverse bevel cut for either the top or bottom mat – or both.

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What is a raised mat?

This treatment adds a shadow around the artwork, giving the presentation depth and interest for an exquisite high-end look. Spacers are inserted before the mat is added. A second or third raised mat may be added if desired. Glass or acrylic glazing is then placed on top.

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What is a Bottom Weighted Mat?

Bottom weighted mats have more width at the bottom than on the top and sides. This technique is most often used by professional photographers and artists who prefer a “museum” type look. It also helps to counteract a visual perception problem. If a picture is placed directly in the center of a mat with equal width borders, the human eye will perceive that the picture sits below center and therefore look top-heavy. A weighted mat compensates for this illusion and better balances the presentation.

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