A few of our custom-framed editions are floated on top of a mat, instead of the mat sitting atop the print. In this case, the art is attached to an 8-ply cotton rag lift which is hidden behind the work, and mounted to a supporting white mat and acid free foam core with a spacer between the plexiglass and the surface of the work. The result is a look that keeps your art "floated" in the center of the frame.
This is in part a deliberate aesthetic decision preferred by the artist and in part because the breathing room permitted by the float allows the characteristics of the paper to express itself. The floating technique we use is both one of the most common and most archival ways to float frame a piece of art–a technique often used for art with interesting edges or textures, original works, and anything with an artifactual feel. For preservation, we apply museum-grade hinges to the backside of the four corners of the print (the sides are actually never affixed). Rest assured, your art is getting the star treatment!