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Conservation Framing

What is Conservation Framing?

Conservation framing is a term used to describe the use of materials and techniques which provide protection to framed works of art on paper. There are different levels according to the quality and specification of the materials used.

Traditional picture framing (also called Decorator Standard Framing) focuses on visually enhancing artwork for display, but not on protecting the artwork.

In cases where you want to protect your artwork, such as valuable works of art, limited edition prints, and photography, then conservation framing is important.

Conservation framing focuses on protection and reversibility (removing the artwork from the frame without damaging the artwork) and ensures that the materials that come into direct contact your artwork, such as mattes, backing boards, and hinging, are museum or archival quality.

Museum Boards / Matting

Rag mat boards in a variety of widths and natural tones—are designed to protect and preserve your artwork. They are acid free and designed to absorb acid from the art as well as the environment.

We have a large selection of acid-free museum matte board samples for you to choose from.

Backing Boards and Hinging

Matted or floated artwork is backed with an acid free board and your artwork is attached to the backing board with ‘hinges’ that are made from acid free paper. All adhesives are also acid free and reversible.

Conservation and Museum Glass

Your choice of glass is also important in conservation framing to ensure that as much damaging UV light is filtered out while still allowing a clear, ‘glare-free’ view of your artwork.

Both Conservation Clear glass and Museum Glass help protect items of sentimental or monetary value of your artwork while providing amazing clarity. Learn more about glass choices for custom framing here.

You can also view our in-store glass sample display to discover the glass choice that is right for your custom framing project.

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