Not sure if I would have purchased it if I had seen it in person at the store. I didn't check the size before I bought it (wish I got the larger one) and I didn't realize it was matted. Matte is an off white, which still looks good. Expensive for the size and quality, but I guess your paying for a conversation piece. Its a gift for a collage student and I think she will still love it as long as she doesn't know the price.