Mats create breathing space between the image and frame.
Mats are used in framing things like artwork, documents, photos and more.
When mounting is not an option to maintain the integrity of the artwork, matting is a great solution for holding it in place within the frame.
MAT: If you use a mat you must also use glass. Much like some images that require glass, mats require glass to protect them as well.
LINER: A liner is a wood profile covered with fabric which is typically made of linen but can be custom covered in any fabric. It is used like a mat and placed around the image. It is ideal to use a liner for artwork that does not require glass like oil paintings on canvas, wood or tiles. Liners are typically used for aesthetic purposes.
Mats were created to keep the glass from direct contact with the artwork such paintings, photographs, and documents. (Glass condensates and the moisture would seep directly into the artwork/paper, causing irreparable damage). Mats are available in a variety of qualities from regular mats to museum quality archival cotton rag mats.
They also increase the overall finished size of the image.
The mat will create breathing (visual) space between the image and the frame, increasing to overall size of the piece.
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“Museum” or conservation framing ensures that all materials used in the process are acid-free (PH neutral).