About Us

Millions of Mats Sold!

We have been a family business in the craft and hobby industry since 1972 based out of Cincinnati, Ohio USA. Starting with two sided lucite keychains for photos and needlework, magnets, ornaments and paperweights, lines of needlepoint kits and seven published counted cross stitch books. Formerly Prime Arts Ltd, Inc, we are known by Mats by PAL or PAL Mats and now Mat Basics in the industry.

Proudly manufacturing framing mats since 1982, we've innovated and introduced many successful products into the marketplace including see through packaging for our famous Gold and Silver Label mats to mix and match your own tops and bottoms, Dream Mats, K-12 Graduation Mats, Contemporary Collages, Gallery Mats, Jazzed Up Mini Mats, Tone on Tone Colors, Craft Mats, Craft Cards, Embossed Floral Mats, Silk Screened Mats, Watch Me Grow, Signature Boards, Wall Gallery Mats and the newest addition is our Vision Dream Boards.

Mats by PAL have been sold all over the USA and Canada to professional artists, photographers, calligraphers, crafters, national and regional chain stores, art galleries and fine craft and hobby stores.

We Bend Over Backwards and Shuffle For You, If You Need Us To!

Did you forget to order last week? Had a big sale and need more mats and backers yesterday? Just let us know. We turn things around pretty quick anyway, but we can shuffle for you if need be.

We take pride in every one of the products that go out the door. We care about all the details as if we were putting our own original art and photos into each mat.

The owner, Suzie Johnson, is a top designer of creative mat lines, color combinations and of best selling plan-o-grams for stores. She is glad to make recommendations and put together mat choices for your needs.

Lots of Happy Customers!

We care about delivering the best products to you and we care about you and your business! Many of you have become not "just a customer" but we've shared life stories and many years of friendship doing business and life together and perhaps meeting in person, as well at shows or our places of business. 

We want to service your needs for framing mats, backing boards and clearbags and get to know you too. Give us a call today!


Contact Us

Drop us a line! For mailing catalog, please include your address in the message.

Better yet, see us in person!

We love meeting our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.

Mat Basics Inc

4546 Cornell Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45241, US

(800) 543-4251


Monday - Thursday: 9am - 4pm ET

Friday: By appointment

Saturday-Sunday: Closed