Our mats are cut from 100% cotton, acid free, archival museum board, offered in 4 ply or 8 ply thickness. Mats are custom made to fit each artwork and can be made either as a book mat or a floating mat.
A book mat is a traditional mat where the image is dry mounted, or fastened by hinges or corners, to the board which is hinged to a window in from of the image.
A floating mat has no window, the print is attached only to the backing. A spacer in the frame holds the work away from the glazing. To retain the natural quality of the edges of fine rag papers, we recommend using a floating mat. This allows the uncut edges of the paper to float while only adhering the center of the back of the image the the backing board.