With all the choices and terminologies used in the framing and mat board industry it can be difficult to make an informed selection and get what you really need or want. With this guide we hope to help in that understanding all in one place. In the sections below you will find detailed information on not just the three main categories of mat board but what we carry in each sub group.
In the manufacture picture mat board, there are three components typically used. From our Economy, Conservation and Museum lines of picture matting, Redimat covers them all.
Our economy grade picture matting comes in Cream Core, White Core, Black Core, Double Thick Gallery Board and Suede surface White Core materials. Our decorative line of mats are available in a large selection of colors and are suitable for most everyday matting needs. 4ply, approx 1/16" thick or 8ply, approx 1/8" in the Gallery Board. All are Buffered pH neutral (acid-free, non conservation)
100% virgin alpha cellulos premium quantity matting is acid-free, lignin-free and meets the industry's highest standards for conservation grade picture matting. 4ply, approx 1/16" thick or 8ply, approx 1/8" in the 8ply Solids.
Nothing compares to the quality and permanence of 100% Cotton Museum RagMat by Crescent Cardboard and Nielsen Bainbridge, the recognized leaders in the manufacturing of paper and board for the framing and art materials market. RagMat Museum mat board meets the highest specifications for museums and archivists worldwide. Museum Rag provides optimum archival quality protection for fine works of art on paper or other materials. Recommended for extremely valuable and original works or art, rare and antique documents and items of historical importance. 4ply, approx 1/16" thick or 8ply, approx 1/8".
When a window is cut into a mat board it will expose the core of the material. All windows are cut at a 45 degree bevel and exposes the core color of the matting. The four typical types are described below. The bevel is approximately 1/8" wide for 4ply matting and approximately 1/4" for our thicker 8ply boards.