Travertine is limestone that has been
formed over a long period of time. The product is porous with many
visible holes. It is available in coilers ranging from ivory to
golden brown. The holes and cavities may be filled.
Travertine is a sedimentary calciferous stone formed in hot springs.
Typically, hot water passes through limestone beds and takes the
calcium, from the limestone into suspension and takes that solution
to the surface where the water evaporates and leaves the calcium
crystals in layers on the surface.
Travertine can be cut on either a "vein" cut, which is against the
bedding which reveals the bedding planes, or a "fleuri" cut, which
is along the bedding plane and reveals a flowery, often circular
pattern. This cut is also referred to as a "crosscut" pattern.
Travertine can be filled, usually with a cementicous filler, or left
unfilled for a more rustic appearance. Travertine comes in several
shades of cream/beige, brown, pink and gold, and is available in a
number of different tile sizes and slab thickness. It is normally
used for flooring, wall cladding, vanity tops, fireplace surrounds