Bookmatching is a term that some people don't know about in the Natural Stone Industry. It is the process of matching two or more slabs of stone, so that the two adjoining surfaces mirror each other, like an opened book.
When slabs are processed at the factory, a block is first cut into individual slabs almost like a bread slicer. The next step is the polishing process where one side of the slab gets polished. However, in order for slabs to be bookmatched, the sequential slabs must be polished on opposite sides of one another, so they can create the mirror effect that is wanted. That way, when the slabs are placed side by side, they show a mirror image of each other as if a book has been opened. Thus the term "bookmatched".
The best application for bookmatching stone is on large areas meant to be a focal point. For instance, large kitchen islands or shower wall and feature walls. Not all stone slabs cannot be bookmatched because unless the material has a veiny, direction pattern with lots of movement, you would never see the mirror effect created.
Bookmatching stone can also become expensive. In order to create the bookmatched effect, you often times need more material than typically needed which results in more material costs. Hopefully, there will be use for some of the leftover materials in other areas of the home so it does not go to waste.
If you are interested in making a statement in your home with bookmatching natural stone slabs, contact a local fabricator who has experience with this kind of work. If done right, it can be the talk of the town.