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Precut, Archival 100% Cotton mats and Archival Alpha Cellulose mats in white and black core. These are the finest quality mats. Manufactured to the highest archival standards when simply "Acid Free" will not do. What makes them Archival?  They are Acid -Free, they are Lignin-Free (the property in mats that creates the acid), they are made of 100% virgin pulp (no recycled material), they use only Pigmented Dyes (Pigmented dyes resist both bleeding and fading) and they do not use optical brighteners(chemicals used in some standard mats to produce brighter colors but are not allowed in archival mats because they fade over time, causing yellowing of the material).  Click on image to select mat sizes and colors.

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12 Ply Cotton Rag

PRESERVATION, Cotton, Archival, 12 Ply

Exclusively available through  The largest bevel mat we have ever found on the internet.   It is available in stock sizes as well as custom.  No where else will you find 100% cotton 12 ply board as well as 1, 2 and 4 ply backs and 4, 8 and 12 ply mats and mat blanks in both Standard (Buffered) and Photo Rag (Unbuffered) versions.. The 12 ply mats with an unbelievably deep bevel are the star of the show, providing an environment that shouts out quality, prestige and beauty. 


PRESERVATION, Cotton, Archival, 8 Ply

An incredible 8-ply 100% Archival Cotton Rag Mat. A huge step up from standarsd 4 ply mats.  The impact on the bevel is even greater than the 100% increase in mat board thickness.  Available in a precut, ready to ship, mat. Buffered with Calcium Carbonate, Standard Cotton Rag, or Unbuffered, Photo Rag.. Click on image to select mat sizes and colors.


PRESERVATION, Cotton, Archival, 4 Ply

The best of the best! Cotton is the standard in archival framing, museum framing, preservation framing; it is the best of the best.  Cotton is the only truely "acid-free" mat board. The cotton plant does not have the natural acidity of trees. And, since it is grown as a crop, it is a renewable resource as well. These mats come buffered and unbuffered with calcium carbonate which helps resist acidification from the environment. Click on image to select mat sizes and colors.

WHITE CORE-Paper Matting (4 ply)

CONSERVATION, White Core with Artcare™, Archival, 4 Ply

GET BLACK MAT WITH WHITE CORE! Alpha Cellulose mats are paper mats that are cleaned and treated to emulate cotton rag standards. Why use Alpha Cellulose? Because they have textures you cannot get through rag and you can have mats that have a black top color and a white core or a white top color with a black core. Because of the way they are made, cotton rag mats are the same color on the top, middle and bottom. Conservation mats have been treated to remove the acid and acid producing properties.  They are buffered to help resist reacidification.  Like all archival quality mats, they use pigmented inks that have a much longer life than water based dyes used in Standard mats.  They are made with 100% virgin Alpha Cellulose...they do not use recycled material. Click on image to select mat sizes and colors.

Arecare is a trademark of Nielsen Bainbridge LLC

BLACK CORE-Paper Matting (4 ply)

CONSERVATION, Black Core with Artcare™, Archival, 4 Ply

Get a white mat with a black core that surrounds and highlights your image! Great for black and white images or any image that benefits from a defined edge. Available in both standard designs and gallery designs. You get quality, longevity and style in one matboard product. Click on image to select mat sizes and colors.

Artcare is a trademark of Nielsen Bainbridge LLC

Very Thick (6 ply) White Core Archival Mats

CONSERVATION, White Core with Artcare™, Archival, 6 Ply

Very thick, precut mats, 6-ply, Conservation mats produce the drama of our cotton mono-color 8 ply mats in a paper based mat that can have a black mat with a white core, the color of the center of the mat that appears in the 45 degree bevel surrounding the image.  The reverse, is also availablee in our Conservation 6 ply black core mats. 6 ply mats convey a feeling of prestige, impact and luxury. Click on image to select mat sizes and colors.

Artcare is a trademark of Nielsen Bainbridge LLC

Very Thick (6 ply) Archival Black Core Matting

CONSERVATION, Black Core wtih Artcare™, Archival, 6 Ply

Very thick mat board for the finest picture images.  Fine artwork is all about communicating to the viewer.  But, first you have to get their attention.  Our "Very Thick" mats provide that unique, out or the ordinary, first impression.  The ability to have a white mat with a black core or monochromatic black mat with black core "seals the deal"! Click on image to select mat sizes and colors.

Artcare is a trademark of Nielsen Bainbridge LLC

Solids 4 ply Archival Mats

CONSERVATION, Solid Core, Archival, 4 Ply

Part of our value collection, these archival mats are not made like conventional paper mats with a center core with paper added to the top and bottom.  Instead they are made as a 4 ply "board" just like archival cotton mats.  The material on the top, the bottom and the center are all the same material.  You get the luxiurious look of cotton mats at a conservation paper mat price. Click on image to select mat sizes and colors.

Solids 8 ply Archival Mats

CONSERVATION, Solid Core, Archival, 8 Ply

At one time, mats were all 4 ply.  Now you can experience the impact and "style" of 8 ply mats.  These mats are double the thickness of our standard value line "solids" line.  This translates into a super sized 45 degree bevel around the mat window.  In any art show or gallery, it is impossible to walk by and not notice the difference.  Matboard is 100% museum, grade cotton, approximately .120 of an inch thick.  The mats are buffered with calcium carbonate to resist reacidification.  Mat windows (unless specifically noted) are centered and can be used horizontally or vertically (Landscape or Portrait). Try this beautiful mat on your next feature piece and see the reaction. Click on image to select mat sizes and colors.

Basic Elements Conservation Mats

CONSERVATION, Basic Elements, Archival, 4 Ply

Basic Elements are 100% virgin alpha cellulose, paper, mats that are rated as archival mats, They have been cleaned of acid producing properties and buffered with calcium carbonate.  They are less expensive than other archival mats because they are just slightly thinner, approximately .055 of an inch versus .060.  They also do not include the added Nielsen Bainbridge Artcare® protection of our other archival paper mats.  They are, however, buffered with calcium carbonate that resists reacidification. They get down to "basic" archival protection that will protect your images for many years. Click on image to select mat sizes and colors.


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