Some of the most ambitious and amazing building constructions in the world, or in history, were made of travertine. The icon of these imposing structures would be the Roman Colosseum and same-period amphitheatres. Travertine limestone, also sometimes erroneously referred to as travertine marble, has unique concentric vein patterns, holes and troughs. This surface imperfection is the result of the interaction between minerals, like calcite, and water over a long period of time. This is responsible for the characteristic beauty and authentic “aged” look of this natural stone. Like granite and slate, travertine is quarried in blocks or large slabs, and shaped into tiles.
Travertine tiles occur in naturally earthy and warm colors. They can be light-toned such as white, ivory, cream and beige, or take dark hues of brown, walnut, grey, or even a tinge of orange or red. The combination of unpredictable vein patterns and colors gives the stone tile its elegant old look. Travertine tile is often cut in large sizes that are suitable for floors and walls, and in mosaic sizes that are applicable for curved or slanted installations. Holes and imperfections are filled and sealed. You may specify polished travertine for that contemporary shiny finish, or you may ask for the rustic honed finish for areas that tend to be slippery. Tumbled travertine has a luxurious and majestic appearance, yet forgiving of scratches or dirt.
Travertine has unbelievably wide applicability. They are highly hard-wearing as pavers, exterior cladding and flooring materials. They’re beautiful and functional as bathroom wall and shower floors. These antique-effect tiles are stunning as backsplash and kitchen countertops. Use these rustic surface materials to highlight a garden project or the pool deck. They define class and functionality in any residential or commercial application.
While travertine goes back a long way in history, it also presents as a favourite material in modern architecture and interior design. It’s a product that can be spectacularly decorative, as in the Roman baths and French basilicas. It can also be quietly elegant as backdrop for other focal points or work of art in the room. Before you install travertine tiles as décor in a room, inspect the direction or source of lighting. This is true for any centrepiece in any room.
When it comes to limestone, many are scared about its upkeep. You shouldn’t! You may need two coatings of sealant for molds and mildew in the backsplash, kitchen, or outdoor installation, but that’s about the care it needs. It’s true that ceramics and porcelain are much easier to maintain; they also have good replicas of travertine. However, if you wish to experience the authentic natural feel and look of travertine, it’s not such a bad idea to invest in thorough sealing every now and then.
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