What is the Travertine ?

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What is the Travertine?

Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. It is formed by minerals dissolved in ground water, which are then deposited on the earth’s surface by rivers and natural springs.

Extensive deposits can be found at Tivoli in Italy. In fact the Travertine name comes from this town.

The best example in the world that hosts 40% of the reserve of Travertine and Marble can be found in Denizli, Turkey.


Where does travertine came from?

Considering the consumption in the world, Turkey with its 13.9 billion tons of reserve has the capability to meet all travertine consumption in the world alone for 80 years. Denizli, Turkey is one of the regions where most of Travertine and marble quarries are located.


What are the colors of Travertine?

The colors of the Travertine forms naturally with the composition of chemical and mineral compounds and pressure exposed over a very long period of time.


What are the different styles of Travertine?

Travertine is processed in different versions depends on the final styles such as:

Paver: Ideal for outdoor projects such as pool decks, patios and driveway. Installed over sand, very durable, typically 1 ¼’’ thick.

Tile: Usually used for interior projects, it’s installed over mud set, 3/8’’ thick.

Mosaic: Attached to a net for easy installation, mosaics can be used indoors and outdoors for decorations.  Perfect for a backsplash or accent wall.

Split Face: Travertine split face has a rough surface and usually comes in a free length size. It can be used indoors and outdoors.


What is the difference between Cross Cut and Vein Cut?

Cross Cut: is the process of cutting the blocks in parallel layers. Most of the Travertine is done in the cross cut.

Vein Cut: is the process of cutting the blocks in perpendicular layers. This cut reveals all the natural vivid lines in the structure of the stone.


What are the differences between the qualities in Travertine?

Select: Has less porous, less holes and more homogeneous color.

Standard: Having more porous and holes than select, this selection has some colors transitions.

Commercial: Has more holes and porous than any of other two selections above. Inconsistency in coloration is part of this selection.


What is the difference between Travertine Tile and Travertine Pavers?

Tumbled: All tumbled finished will have a soft smooth and warm look to it. It’s slightly rounded edge and corners with a soft surface.



Honed: The surface of the Travertine is sanded to create a matte finish and rustic edge.

Brushed: A wire brush is used to give the surface of the Travertine a worn, textured surfaced.

Filled: The pores in the Travertine are filled with color resin or cement to produce a pristine, solid surface.

Filled & Honed: After filling the holes with chemicals the Travertine is sanded for a matte finish.

Chiseld: The edges of the Travertine are lightly chiseled to obtain an antique look.

Bullnose: The edges of the Travertine are rounded off for an oval appearance which can be used in the pool as coping.


What are the standard sizes of Travertine?

6×12, 12×12, 8×16, 16×16, 18×18, 16×24, 24×24


What is the French Pattern?

Travertine french pattern set covers exactly 8 sqf and consists of the following pieces: 1 piece 16×24, 2 pieces 16×16, 1 piece 16×8 and 2 pieces 8×8.