What is Travertine and what is it used for?

They say that Rome was built on Travertine, which to some extent it was, certainly many parts of it was, including large quantities of Travertine used for the Colosseum which dates back to the year 80AD! Belonging to the limestone family of stone Travertine is a beautiful natural stone which in its purest form is white, but impurities can cause the colour of travertine to vary and to be yellow and brown.

There are many forms of finish to be seen in Travertine which is a stone that is soft and delicate to look at. The classic aged look of Travertine tumbled stone will warm your home. A polished or honed travertine becomes a bit more formal, yet it’s still inviting. The soft earthy hues of this natural stone keep it in tune with nature. The stone surface can be left in its natural state with the small holes and pits unfilled. This is a warmer aged look which will acquire a beautiful patina over time. Leaving the stone unfilled will affect the durability and it can attract dirt much easier than a filled travertine making it harder to keep clean.

Travertine is a long lasting stone and its durability lends itself to all kinds of application, from private homes to commercial developments.  It provides a truly classical look and has a timeless beauty. Travertine tiles are used in flooring and wall cladding and it is a popular choice for bathrooms, kitchens and hallways, as well as being used for external paving and masonry.

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