What is meant by the term "stretched canvas"?

Our canvas prints have the appearance of an original canvas painting, taking on the texture of the canvas surface.  The term "stretched canvas" is used in reference to a canvas that has been mounted onto a stretcher bar support framework in preparation for framing or hanging.  These are the same frameworks that artists use to stretch canvases for original works on canvas.  

Once stretched, you can either hang the piece, or get it framed.  If you decide to have the artwork framed, just take it to your local frame shop (we do not offer a framing option at this time).  It does not need matting or glass.  It can be framed exactly as you would frame an original painting on canvas.  The print has been coated with a UV protective vanish that will preserve the piece without the need for glass or any other glazing.