Why do I need a mat?

Matting is the term used to describe the window-cut material placed around an image within a frame. It serves as a spacer allowing the artwork to expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity. Mats come in a variety of colors, textures, patterns and fabric surfaces and are chosen to complement the color and design of the artwork. A mat makes the overall size of the finished piece larger than the original piece.

Matting is available in a variety of levels from “decorative” to “archival”. Decorative matting is made with cheap, acidic paper which will change color over time, most visibly on the beveled edge around your art. Using an archival quality material will offer protection, ensuring that your art will last for years to come. At Design Frame, we use only Archival grade mat materials.