Have you ever heard of Bookmatching stone? It refers to the process of matching together veining on two slabs of stone so they mirror one another. This creates a look that is a bit like an open book, which is where the term comes from.
How is Bookmatching Stone Done?
The process of bookmatching starts when a block of veined marble, quartzite, or travertine is cut into slabs. The bookmatched effect is achieved when the first slab in a block is polished on one side and the next slab is polished on the back side. When these two slabs are laid out end-to-end the pattern continues from one slab to the next and creates a mirror image impression.
What Kind of Stone Can Be Used for Bookmatching?
Bookmatching works best with stones that have strong veins and linear patterns or plenty of movement. Marble, quartzite, or travertine usually have the right characteristics. Keep in mind that this technique can only be carried out using the finest quality stone. If you’re interested in bookmatching slabs for your next project, be sure to let us know so we can show you the kind of stone that would work best with this technique.
How is Bookmatching Used?
Bookmatched stone is best used in large feature areas where the full effect can be appreciated. It really becomes a work of art where people see patterns, shapes, or even faces in the design. Whether you are incorporating it into a waterfall countertop, cladding a shower wall, or creating a stunning focal point, bookmatching stone adds a drama to any project.
Does Bookmatching Cost More Than Other Applications?
Bookmatching is often more expensive because the process required to manufacture it is time-consuming and labor-intensive. There are also layout restrictions that can lead to wasted material, which is less than ideal when you consider that high quality stone must be used. However, an experienced fabricator should be able to help you work out the best use of material. While the bookmatched effect itself may only have one layout option, there can sometimes be opportunities to use leftover stone in other projects such as backsplashes, shower seats or vanity tops.
Our sales associates are more than happy to advise you on your bookmatching projects, so give us a call or stop by today!