” Bookmatching is the practice of matching two (or more) stone or marble surfaces, so that two adjoining surfaces mirror each other, giving the impression of an opened book. “
This stunning Bookmatching effect is achieved when a block of veined marble is cut into slabs (similar to a loaf of bread being cut into slices). Slabs are cut and numbered in a systematic order . Book matched means that the first slab in a block is polished on one side and the slab right next to that is polished on the back side. If these slabs are laid out end-to-end, the pattern continues from one slab to the next with no break in the pattern. This creates a mirror image impression, much as the wings of a butterfly reflect each other; book matching looks equally amazing in both contemporary and traditional settings.
When a block of natural stone is processed, it is cut into slabs by a large gang saw which works much the same way as a bread slicer. Once the slabs are cut, they are laid flat to be polished, and then bundled together in the same order at the other end of the processing line. Book-matched slabs are slabs which were right next to each other, but have been polished on opposite sides. When these slabs are placed side by side, you will see that they are a near mirror image of each other. Veining can be matched up to create one unbroken pattern