Experience the beauty and warmth of natural stone.
Natural stone can lend a sense of luxury, warmth and serenity to your home. Travertine is a gorgeous stone that has quickly become a popular trend among homeowners. At Italian Tile imports, we carry several exclusive travertine lines and invite you to browse our website. We encourage you to visit our showroom as all lines are not featured on the website and we continue to offer new products in our showroom.
The finished surface of travertine stone can vary. Honed and filled travertine, for example, is polished, giving it a shiny, reflective sheen that has a hard, cold feeling surface. Luxury and formality can be created with honed travertine. Tumbled Travertine looks natural and has a more matte or flat finish.
It appears to be weathered and is softer and warmer to the touch than honed stone. Tumbled travertine works with more natural, organic themes. Chiseled travertine has edges that are rough and chiseled for a more rustic look.
There are many color selections when choosing travertine or travertine marble such as Ivory, Noce, Gold, Ariete , Scabos, Crema Royal, and more.
Natural Stone FAQ
Although both are stones and both are quarried from the earth, granite and marble (and marble’s relatives – limestone, onyx and travertine) are very different from each other. Granite is formed deep in the earth’s mantle at extremely high temperatures, and is a very hard, resistant stone made of crystallized minerals.
The marble family – limestone, travertine, marble, onyx – starts out as sediment – animal skeletons and shells, plant matter, silt – at the bottom of bodies of water. After millions of years this solidifies into stone. Because its main component is calcium, it can be affected by acids such as vinegar and citrus beverages.
True geological marble is limestone that has been subjected to great pressure and heat, which has changed its structure to a crystalline, sugary texture. It is generally white or whitish, sometimes translucent, with some veining or color provided by other minerals present at its formation. Commercially, the term “marble” applies to any compact limestone that will take a polish, which includes most of the colored marbles, except some of the greens.
Limestone is sedimentary rock consisting mostly of organic material such as skeletons and shells of marine creatures and sediments. It is formed by material which settles to the bottom of bodies of water, and over millions of years, solidifies into solid rock. Earth movements over extremely long periods of earth’s history can lift limestone miles into the air. The summit of Mount Everest is limestone that started out on an ocean floor.
Onyx, like travertine, is the result of water dissolving existing limestone and re-depositing it as a new kind of stone, sometimes called sinter. In limestone caves, onyx is formed by drip water, as stalagmites and stalactites. It is a very soft stone, and somewhat brittle, and needs to be installed where it will not be subject to hard wear. This beautiful stone is characterized by its translucence, and can actually be backlit for striking, dramatic effects.