Conservation Framing


Always use 100% cotton rag mats or acid-free matting materials. The main goal of matting is to keep the glass from touching your artwork. Laying the glass directly on the artwork can result in buckling, mold and in photographs, spots or adhesion to the glass.matted_frame.jpg

All mounting of artwork should be acid-free and completely reversible to ensure no damage occurs to the artwork.


Whether you select glass or acrylic as the barrier between your artwork and the elements, such as dust, moisture and UV (ultraviolet) light, you should select one with UV protection. UV light can cause damage that is irreversible. Conservation glass and other types of glazing are discussed on our glazing page.


Conservation framing involves experience and first-hand knowledge of the techniques and materials needed to ensure that your artwork is framed properly.