National Geographic: World Decorator Wall Map – Laminated (46 x 30.5 inches) (National Geographic Reference Map)

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National Geographic’s World map is the standard by which all other reference maps are measured. The World map is meticulously researched and adheres to National Geographic’s convention of making independent, apolitical decisions based on extensive research using multiple authoritative source.

The Decorator style World map uses a vibrant color palette that fills each country for easy identification and stunning shaded relief that will stand out as a beautiful piece of cartographic artistry. Drawn in the Winkel Tripel projection, distortions are minimized and unlike many other World maps, Greenland is show the same size as Argentina and not as the size of all of South America.

Thousands of place names are carefully and artistically placed on the map to maintain legibility even in the heavily populated ares of Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Details include clearly defined international boundaries, cities, physical features, rivers, and ocean floor features. Corner inset maps feature vegetation and land use, and population density as well as the north and south polar regions.

The map is encapsulated in heavy-duty 1.6 mil laminate which makes the paper much more durable and resistant to the swelling and shrinking caused by changes in humidity. Laminated maps can be framed without the need for glass, so the fames can be much lighter and less expensive.

  • Map Scale = 1:29,802,000
  • Sheet Size = 46″ x 30.5″

From the Publisher

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National Geographic World Maps

Setting the highest standard for cartographic excellence

Since publishing its first World Map in 1922, National Geographic has excelled in the art and science of mapmaking. National Geographic’s unique cartographic style is defined by beautiful color palettes, proprietary typefaces, hand-drawn shaded relief, and carefully researched content. The attention to detail and accuracy is what really sets National Geographic apart from other mapmakers. Each World Map has been carefully compiled based upon the latest data sources and independent verification of disputed boundaries, borders, and territories. When this level of research is combined with great design, the result is the best line of World Maps currently available.

Wall Map formats

Paper: High-quality matte poster stock, printed in the USA

Laminated: Plastic gloss lamination increases durability

Poster size: 24″ x 36″, designed to fit precut poster frames

Standard size: Approximately 30″ x 46″

Enlarged size: Approximately 48″ x 73

Mural size: Approximately 77″ x 110″, comes as three panels that mount using wallpaper glue

Four distinctive styles

World Classic

World Classic

World Executive Map

World Executive Map

World Decorator Map

World Decorator Map

World Modern Map

World Modern Map


The Classic style is the traditional National Geographic design that has been featured in so many of the maps produced as supplements in the National Geographic Magazine over the years. Highlights include blue oceans with bathymetric contour steps, brightly-colored tint bands along country borders, and hand-drawn shaded relief. This style contains the highest level of detail. This map is presented in the Winkel Tripel projection, which minimizes distortion and creates a very recognizable shape of the Earth.


The Executive style is a perfect match for home and office décor as it pairs nicely with wood and leather furnishings. Featuring an antique, earth-tone color palette combined with up-to-date cartography, this has become National Geographic’s bestselling World Map design. The subdued beige of the oceans is enhanced with bathymetric shading showing underwater terrain features. This style contains the highest level of detail. This map is presented in the Winkel Tripel projection, which minimizes distortion and creates a very recognizable shape of the Earth.


The Decorator style is the brightest of the National Geographic World Map designs and is perfect for kids’ bedrooms, classrooms, and those who want a pop of color on the wall. Featuring solid colors filling each country, pale blue oceans with bathymetric shaded relief, and a black border around the whole image, this World Map is beautiful and easy-to-read. This style contains the second highest level of detail. This map is presented in the Winkel Tripel projection, which minimizes distortion and creates a very recognizable shape of the Earth.


The Modern style is the minimalist amongst National Geographic’s World Map designs. It simply presents the beautiful shape of the Earth’s land mass, in solid black, sitting on top of slate blue/gray oceans. This map also includes country names, borders, and major cities in contrasting white. This design is compatible with modern home and office décor, pairing well with glass and metal furnishings. This style contains the lowest level of detail. This map was developed using the Times projection, which features minimal distortion in the equatorial regions of the Earth.

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