Marble is the most beautiful stone in the world, which varies in colors and veins. When a block of stone is sliced to produce individual slabs, the marble quarries will usually implement a practice of bookmatching the slabs, also known as “butterflying”.
Above, a rough block of Calcatta marble is ready to be sliced into slabs.
To bookmatch slabs, every other slab receives a high polish on opposite sides of the rock. When consecutive slabs are placed side by side, they are nearly mirror images of one another. Thus, they are like a book that has been opened, or, like a butterfly with identical wings spread out.
Here the Antique Wood marble slabs been polished and installed in bookmatch fashion.
Bookmatching is useful detail for fabricators when they would like the seam in a kitchen countertop to flow continuously. When the slab has a good deal of movement, especially, or when the color variation is great, fabricators can simply continue the countertop stretch into the next consecutive slab.
Butterflied Statuario White marble tiles
Countertops that employ bookmatched slabs are usually able to have a stripe or wave continue across the seam, for a complete visual of the geological process that formed the stone underground over millions of years.
A beautiful example of how movement can be continued across a seam.
To read more articles about marble , please visit our blog: http://www.aobostonexm.com/blog
To inquiry marble products please contact our 7/24 customer service for help .
Enter your email to join our newsletter