Conservation Framing

Here at Framed In Tatnuck we are known for our high quality conservation work.  We have been selected by museum framing customers to handle their delicate framing work.

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In framing, the materials that directly contact your art are of the greatest importance. Using archival materials is essential to provide the best opportunity to maintain your artwork’s condition and value.

Reversibility is essential for any mounting techniques that might be used.

Here are some basics about the archival process:

Mat Boards

As recently as three decades ago, there were basically two options for matting – low quality/acidic paper mats (still referred to as “paper mats” in the industry) or 100% cotton “rag mats.”  Rag mats at the time only came in white and off white. That is one reason you only saw artwork framed in white mats in museums and art galleries.

Today, there are three main options in mat board selection – there are still paper mats (Sometimes called “Acid Free,” because the backing paper is is PH neutral. These are not available from us.), Cotton Rag Mats (now available in a large range of colors) and a third option usually called conservation or archival mats. These “conservation” mat boards are a blend of rag and/or paper and have been treated to remove acid, lignin and other impurities. These mats are Library of Congress approved and suitable for matting all valuable artwork, and they come in a huge variety of colors and textures.

Backing Boards

At Framed In Tatnuck we use only conservation quality 100% buffered alpha cellulose board for mounting your valuable artwork, unlike some frame shops which will mount to “acid free” foam board.

Mounting Artwork

Mounting refers to all techniques used to secure the artwork to the backing board.  There are many possible ways to achieve this and here at Framed In Tatnuck we recommend the technique that is most appropriate for the artwork being framed.  Heavy self supporting art might be best with a sink mount or edge strips.  Artwork that is more appropriately attached with hinges require wheat paste and washi paper.  Needlart should be stretched and laced to a support board.  Here at Framed In Tatnuck we will advice you based on the particular art you are framing.


Glazing refers to the use of either glass or acrylic as a practical barrier between your art and the atmosphere in which it is hung. This is necessary because of moisture, smoke, acidic fumes and a host of threatening conditions artwork often faces. UV-filtering acrylic and glass are available and recommended for your artwork to help protect them over time from the damaging UV-rays. Some of these products also offer anti-reflective and anti-static properties.