Matting and Framing Specifications for Objects on Paper

Choosing appropriate materials and methods for matting and framing has significant and lasting effect on the condition of paper artifacts. Properly constructed mats structurally support and aesthetically enhance an artifact for the long-term, while poor quality materials or constructions can create disfiguring stains and distortions and even negatively affect the media. These recommendations are intended to provide specific guidance in selecting materials and methods, to best inform the investment and effort of matting and framing. Some artifacts, such as diptychs or triptychs, double-sided materials or parchment require unique consideration and design. In this case, it is always recommended to directly contact a Conservation Technician for recommendations.

Updated July 2022.