Natural stone, such as marble and ultra-realistic stone-effect porcelains, often have fascinating and highly dramatic veining. The colours and veins vary from fine and subtle in colour to bold and attention-grabbing.
One way to draw attention to and exploit their beauty is to create a feature wall where the colour and veining take centre stage. There are two ways to do this. Bookmatching is where you have two adjacent tiles, side by side, that look like the mirror image of each other. Quartermatching is where you have four tiles that are like a ‘reflection’ of each other both vertically and horizontally.
HOW DOES THE PROCESS WORK?
To achieve a bookmatch effect, slabs are cut from the same block of marble and laid side by side to create a ‘mirror image’. The veins in the marble are matched to create a beautiful pattern. Cut sequentially, the ‘matching faces’ of the cut slabs are placed next to each. The action is reminiscent of an ‘open book’ hence the term ‘bookmatch’. See the example below.
The quartermatch effect is achieved in a similar way, but the process requires two sets of slabs that are the mirror image of each other. By rotating and matching them like the examples below, you can actually create four completely different configurations. Each a beautiful, yet unique pattern.
USING PORCELAIN TILES
Well versed in using marble, Lapicida is now mastering the art of bookmatch with porcelain tiles. Advances in technology has seen the introduction of new products such as Bluetta (top centre) and Motif Calacatta Gold, which have been designed to mimic natural marble. Although nothing can replace the beauty of natural stone, these new generation porcelains come very close. They are extremely versatile products, easy to maintain, cost-effective, and suited to both residential and commercial projects.
MATCHING YOUR EXPECTATIONS
We have an extensive range of bookmatch and quartermatch natural stone and porcelain surfaces. If you are looking to create a feature wall for a project and want to discuss the possibilities with a Lapicida expert, simply call +44 (0)1423 400 100 or email email@example.com.