Travertine has been used for thousands of years and can be used for both commercial and residential projects. It is a natural stone with a unique pattern that creates a one-of-a-kind appearance and is most commonly used for vanities, fireplace surrounds, floor tiles and wall applications. Turkey produces most of the world’s travertine, but many other countries also have travertine quarries. Travertine is used frequently for exterior applications because in its natural state it is able to withstand all types of weather conditions. Some famous buildings that used travertine include the Coliseum in Rome and the Getty Center in Los Angeles.
The most common characteristic of Travertine are the small, natural holes you will find in the material. This can help give your project a very earthy and natural appearance. When used in bathroom vanities these small holes are filled with resin or cement so that the surface of the stone is smooth on the front. You can always determine whether a stone is a travertine by looking at the back of the slab. If you find small holes in the slab then the material is a travertine.
At Unique Stone Concepts, we are always updating and our travertine slab selection in all of our locations – St. Louis, MO, Kansas City, KS, Omaha, NE, Indianapolis, IN,Columbus, OH, and Cincinnati, OH. Please take a look at a few of the travertine stones we currently have in stock.
Appearance – Most natural travertine is dark, ranging from ecru to dark red, with a variety of vein colors.
Features – Natural travertine is softer than marble or granite and should be sealed to avoid scratches.
Care – Wipe down travertine regularly with a clean, damp cloth and dry with a towel. Avoid abrasive, bleach or caustic cleaners, as these can stain, etch or dull the appearance of the stone.