Bookmatching is a symmetrical way to match the veining of two slabs of stone so that the veining of the two slabs are closely aligned to mirror each other, like an opened book.
Quadmatching, sometimes referred to as diamond matching, refers to symmetrically matching four slabs of stone, so that the veining of the four adjoining slabs align to create either an X pattern or a diamond shape.
How are bookmatch or quadmatch stone slabs created?
When a large block of stone slabs are cut from the mountain, the quarry cuts them in sequential order, similar to a giant bread slicer. Once the slabs are cut, the quarry can decide to polish the same side of every stone, or alternate, polishing opposite sides of the stone so that the veining in the slabs mirrors one another.
Can you bookmatch all natural stone slabs?
Most natural stone slabs can bookmatch. For best results, purchase slabs in sequential order to ensure the closest veining alignment. Most vein cut natural stone slabs are ideal for bookmatching applications, but if you are uncertain if your stone bookmatches or quadmatches, ask your stone supplier.
What type of finish should I use on my bookmatch or quadmatch stone?
While finish ultimately comes down to personal preference, according to the Natural Stone Institute, “bookmatched [or quadmatched] material is most commonly polished to allow the greatest visibility of the veining character of the stone.”
What type of applications are suitable for bookmatching or quadmatching (or diamond matching)?
Bookmatching and quadmatching can be suitable for most applications. Feature walls, kitchen islands, backsplashes, open-plan showers, and even statement fireplaces are all ideal candidates for bookmatching and quadmatching natural stone.