The best mats to use are PURE 100% cotton rag. No wood. No harmful chemicals
- 100% Cotton Fiber
- Solid Color Throughout
- Acid-Free & Lignin-Free
- Buffered to an Alkaline pH
- Fade & Bleed Resistant
- Special Surface Sizing for French Matting
- Meets All Museum Quality Standards set by the Fine Art Traded Guide
- Manufactured in the U.S.A.
There are several categories of mat board and they are all separated by the level of protection offered the art work being framed. While some say that acidic framing materials should be avoided for all but the most temporary frames, it is not safe to say that all “acid-free” mats are recommended for long term preservation use.
Cotton fibre is naturally free of lignin and acids. It contains no alum and no harsh chemicals. and the core and backing of cotton rag are all made from 100% virgin cotton linter pulp. This assures unequaled cleanliness and purity.