A mat is a border, usually made from mat board, placed around the artwork. The purpose of the mat is:
- To provide a spacer or separation between the artwork and the frame or glass. If the glass comes into contact with the art, there could be a risk of damage to the artwork. This damage may come in the form of mold, or the artwork adhering to the under side of the glass.
- To draw the eye into the picture. By altering the colours in the mats, we can make the colours in the art stand out.
- To hide the mechanics of the framed piece. For instance, the mat will cover the mounting method used such as a hinge or dry mount.
The standard size of mats is 32" x 40", but some colours will come in an oversized 40" x 60". The standard thickness of a mat is 4 ply, which is about 2 mm. Mats are also made in a limited colour range of six, eight and twelve ply thicknesses. These thicker mats create a dramatic presentation, drawing the eye directly to the art. Mats come in a variety of colors and textures which will allow your design consultant to select the mats that just right for your picture.