CCAHA logoProper matting and framing in combination with appropriate environmental conditions do much to prevent damage to works of art on paper. The frame and mat have a dual purpose: first, to house and protect the object, and second, to aesthetically enhance it.

How a paper object is matted, and what it is matted in can make a big difference in its preservation.

Use these specifications when considering the materials and techniques for framing collection items through any picture framing service, whether a commercial frame shop or an institution’s in-house technician.

CCAHA’s Preservation Resources provide information on a range of preservation topics from assessing priorities, to preparing collections for moving, to emergency preparedness.  This short fact sheet is targeted to staff in collecting institutions or others who are involved in collections care activities.

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