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See your creativity come alive in our custom mat board builder. Play around to find the perfect mat board for your artwork.

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Put your art's best foot forward with elegantly cut mat boards.


Smooth beveled edge for a professional finish

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Thicker 4-ply (~1/16" or 0.0625" thickness) for more depth and durability

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Treated white/black core that won't discolor or fade

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Acid-free buffered to a neutral pH higher than industry standard—so your art will be protected for longer.

Or conservation lignin-free mats that'll ensure your art lasts for generations

And packaged nice and tight for safe shipping.

Mat Boards Ready for Travel

mat boards shipped safe and secure, shrink wrapped, protective box to protect corners

Each order is properly layered before they step outside.

First, they are carefully stretch-wrapped.

This prevents dust, moisture, and fingerprints from getting onto your mat boards/frame.

After that, your order is placed into a box lined with rails and spacers. 

This way, any bumps and bruises that can happen in transit are buffered by the extra padding and not your order.

Why Mat Your Artwork

Matted prints sell better

One, it provides an aesthetic finish to complement your artwork.

Two, by matting beforehand customers won't have to go through the work themselves.

Customers won't have to go through the hassle of buying the necessary materials, figuring out what mat sizes they need, and learning how to mat and mount. Things that go through their head as they're deciding whether or not to purchase.

Matting makes their decision much easier.

Beauty needs to be protected

Beyond aesthetics, mat boards serve an important purpose in preserving your artwork.

They provide a necessary buffer from the glass. This helps prevent:

  • acrylics, watercolors, pastels, charcoal, etc smearing on the glass
  • photographs sticking to the glass
  • water damage, mildew, mold
  • and other damages that may permanently disfigure the piece
For artwork you'd like to last, consider matting and mounting. 

Types of Mat Boards We Offer

Economy + Crescent mats

  • acid-free, buffered to neutral pH to fight against mat burn
  • beautiful white core that has been treated to fight against mat burn
  • comes in a large variety of colors

Because they come in many colors, Crescent branded mat boards and our branded mat boards are perfect for decorative framing and craft projects. They are acid-free, white core mat boards which means it'll be years or even decades (depending on how it is stored) before mat burn even sets in.

For true conservation framing which will protect your artwork for generations without any mat burn, please look at our conservation mat boards.

Conservation mats

For conservation mats, we supply Peterboro conservation mat boards. 

  • made of over 90% alpha cellulose (above industry specifications of 84%)
  • exceeds PPFA and Fine Art Trade Guild standards for chemical composition of conservation mats
  • Exceeds the fade and bleed test requirements outlined by the Fine Art Trade Guild and PPFA standards
  • completely lignin-free and acid-free, complete protection from UV rays makes these mats perfect for archival purposes
  • beautiful white core that is also lignin and acid-free
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  • Do you offer quantity discounts?

    Yes. For a complete view, please click the info button next to "each."

  • Are these mat boards acid-free?

    Every mat we sell has been buffered to a neutral pH. This way your art/print will be protected for longer.
  • Why is there a a quantity minimum for over-sized mat boards?

    To keep our prices low, we have a quantity minimum for mat boards larger than 16x20. If your mat board size is 16x20 or lower, there is no quantity minimum.
  • How long will it take for my mats to arrive?

    Your order will be shipped the same day (usually) if the order has been placed before 1:00 PM Pacific Time.

    If, for some reason, your order can not be shipped within 2 business days, we will contact you by email immediately to inform you of your expected shipping date. If you are not satisfied with the expected shipping date, you may cancel your order with no obligation. Please allow up to 5-6 additional business days for your order to arrive at your door.

    Generally, shipments to NYC take just 5 business days while shipments to Los Angeles take 1-2 business days.

  • Do you expedite shipping?

    If your order is placed before 1 PM PST, your order will usually be shipped out on the same day. For expedited shipping, please contact us.
  • Do you ship to Military or P.O. Box Addresses?

    Please email us ( with your order, as shipping prices will vary. Or you can fill out our contact form here.
  • Do you ship to Alaska, Hawaii, or the US Virgin Islands?

    Contact us with your order. You can email us at or call us at 844-299-1500.

    We are open 9 AM - 5PM PST.

  • Do you ship internationally?

    Unfortunately, we do not ship internationally at this time.
  • How do I choose the best mat for me?

    Choosing the best mat depends on your needs and conditions. Here is a helpful mat board guide we wrote to help.
  • What is mat burn?

    Mat burn is irreversible damage on your artwork that is caused by acid leaked by the mat board. Mat burn can take years to develop (depending on humidity and exposure to sun light), but it is quite an unpleasant surprise.

    Imagine looking up one day to find your favorite piece vandalized by a hazy brown border and there is nothing you can do about it.

    That’s why it’s important to do your due diligence before it happens. That way your work stays in perfect condition for years to come.

    Acid-free mat boards help stave off mat burn for years (or even decades depending on how it is stored. For complete protection from mat burn, please take a look at our conservation mats.

  • Do all mats have a bevel cut?

    Yes, all your mats will have a bevel cut with a clean finish.
  • How accurate are the colors in the mat builder.

    We strive to show you the mat colors as accurately as possible. But due to individual monitor settings, how it looks on your screen might look slightly different from how it looks in real life.

    We do offer a catalog, so if you'd like to see in person before placing your order, please request a catalog here. Alternatively, you can email us at

  • Do you offer mat boards with multiple windows?

    Yes. For multiple windows or custom shapes (ovals, triangles, etc), please contact us.
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