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Types of Matboards

We offer four types of matboards with our framed art:

  1. Whitecore
  2. Premium whitecore
  3. Rag
  4. 8 ply


Difference in Matboards

Whitecore matboards are nonconservation matboards, which provide the aesthetic and design benefits of a bright0white bevel. Whitecore matboards are composed of decorative facing papers, stay-white core and backing, and a surface, core and backing paper buffered with calcium carbonate to alkaline reserve of 3-5%. Whitecore matboards are recommended for decorative framing and general presentations, open end reproductions, and posters and decorative art.

Premium Whitecore matboards have the same specifications and uses as the whitecore matboards. however, premium whitecore matboards offer more design options and a much wider selection of surface colours to choose from.

Rag matboards are made from conservation grade surface papers for optimum bleed and face resistance. Rag matboards are made with 100% cotton fibers that are naturally acid-free and lignin-free. Cotton is naturally free of chemicals and pollutants that can degrade or harm artwork. Cotton is an annually renewable resource that reduces that mount of trees used to make mounting and matting boards. In addition, cotton fiber is processed without harsh chemicals or additives, making it superior to bleached, chemically processed woodpulp that is used to produce other conservation boards. Rag matboards are recommended for fine art prints, limited editions, valuable documents and photographs, and heirloom needle art.

Lastly, 8 ply matboards are also made from 100% cotton, conservation grade papers. 8 ply matboards are acid-free, lignin-free, extra-rigid, and have a solid color throughout. 8 ply matboards provide optimum archival protection for fine works of art on paper. 8 ply matboards are recommended for valuable original works of art, rare and antique documents, and items of historical importance


Non-glare acrylic
Non-glare Glass
Museum Glass



  • Clear acrylic is a general-purpose glazing for indoor framing
  • Works well in any controlled lighting environment
  • Ideal for large pieces where the weight of glass would be excessive or some shatter resistance is needed
  • Allows 92% light transmission
  • Blocks 66% of UV light (not conservation grade)
  • 8% light reflection