So Many Mats, So Little Time

So Many Mats, So Little Time

Berkshire, Decorative, Conservation. Our three main types of mats. Three is not so many choices, but it can still be overwhelming if you’re not sure what you need. So, we’re going to look at these mats, and give some advice on the best uses for each type. We’ll jump right in and start with the Berkshire mats.

Berkshire Mats

Lovely abstract art displayed with beautiful white matboards

The Berkshire mats are our economy mats. These are still good mats with vibrant colors. To look at them, you can’t really tell them apart from the others. However, over time, these mats don’t last as long. As such, we primarily recommend these for school projects. Teachers can place bulk orders if they want to give their students early practice when it comes to advanced framing. Or, uncut mats can be used in place of paper to make projects that will last a little longer. Likewise, up and coming artists who are still in school may find these mats a more affordable option than some of the others.

Decorative Mats

Some lovely photos displayed at home with an excellent frame and awesome mat

The Decorative mats are our most popular, best selling mats. They are flexible enough to work for most projects, but there are some things they are best suited for. One of the things these mats are great for is home display. These mats will last longer than the Berkshire mats, so they’re great for anything you want to keep around the house. We generally recommend them for most multi-opening designs. These mats also come in a larger variety of colors. We also recommend these for professional artists selling prints. The Decorative mats will last longer than the Berkshire mats, but their relatively low cost still make it an affordable option for anyone looking to hit the art shows.

Conservation Mats

A delicate antique map, displayed carefully with an acid free matbord to protect and preserve it

The Conservation mats are the highest quality mats we carry. These are 100% acid free, museum quality mats. You don’t get any fading or discoloration from these mats. The acid free nature helps protect the pieces, though it also brings up the price As such, we mainly recommend these mats or original artwork and delicate materials. These mats are ideal for old postcards and photographs. For the artists, these mats are best for any original works you really want to preserve. However, these mats are also great for home use- buy them once and you’ll never need to replace them.


I hope all that helps you understand our mats a little better!

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