The methods of placing marbles with veins
Instructions and photos that ensure the proper placement of marble veining tiles and slabs
Each slab of marble is as unique as a fingerprint, adorned with a different vein pattern. The combinations of the veins with the color in the background of the marble, play a decisive role in the final visual result. When an architect, designer or decorator chooses to use marble with veins in a project, it is very important to choose, at the same time, the appropriate way of placing the material, as this will radically affect the final aesthetic result.
In a previous article, we analyzed the basic characteristics of marble veins. We defined them, determined how they were created, and studied the classes or groups in which they could be categorized. In this article we will see how, by choosing the correct method of laying tiles and slabs with veins, we can achieve the best aesthetic result in a project.
Methods of placing marbles with veins
Below are four (4) basic types of installation that we use during our applications.
Method 1: Pattern matching and how it works
The vein patterns start from a point in the marble and continue in the same direction onto the adjoining piece, creating a sense of continuity between the different surfaces. In this case, the slabs of a block are polished in the same direction and on one side.
In order to achieve the correct result after the Dry Lay process, it is necessary to mark all the slabs in a single list (cutting list), ensuring the necessary continuity of the patterns and veins.
In this case, it is recommended to mark the slabs in the upper right or left corner with soft, non-penetrating materials, so as to not damage the marble.
Method 2: Confused version of the installation of veins and how it works
One method used in cases where the marble slabs do not have a single direction of the veins, is the confused version. In this case, it is not necessary to apply a specific sequence of slabs. Instead, irregular formations are chosen to be laid as an abstract pattern.
In these cases, wavy veins and clouds on the surface of the marble are considered ideal. During installation, the slabs are placed without being marked and their location is predetermined.
Method 3: Book Match vein placement and how it works
Book-matching is considered the technique of matching two or four marble surfaces, in which the adjacent surfaces reflect each other, creating the feeling of an open book.
The first slab is polished on one side and the next is polished on its back side. It should be noted, however, that in this case, the veins and designs of the slabs should be joined in such a way as to give a sense of continuity.
Method 4: Combination of the above methods
A very common practice is to use a combination of all the above methods. The creativity that can be derived from all these combinations can produce impressive results that captivate.
An indicative example of creativity we could mention is the continuation of a book-match pattern, from the floor surface to the wall, giving a certain intensity to the mounting area. Another example would be the use of a book-match pattern in the center of a room, while around its perimeter, the tiles are placed in irregular contiguous or alternating patterns.
Marbles with veins and Stone Group International
Stone Group International, along with our affiliated companies, currently own 9 quarries. From these quarries, a large number of white, semi-white and colored marble are mined daily.
The excavated marbles are cut and processed in the factories where the methods of placing all the slabs and tiles with veins are applied.