Travertine is a limestone deposited by minerals. It is formed by a process of rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate, often at the mouth of a hot spring or in a limestone cave. Travertine is characterized by pitted holes and troughs in its surface which suggest signs of wear and tear over time.
Travertine exists in off white, tan, cream, coral-red and even rusty varieties. Travertine is commonly used for flooring, paving patios, garden paths, façades, and wall cladding.
Polishing is the process of creating a smooth and shiny surface by rubbing it or using fine abrasives. A polished finish gives the surface a high luster and strong reflection of incident light, almost mirror-like.
A honing/matt process is similar to polishing, it provides a smooth, satin-like nonreflective surface.
To create a brushed finish (sometimes is referred to as a leathered finish), manufacturers gently brush the stone surface until it becomes textured and appears worn-in. The brushing process closes the stone pores which helps it to become more stain resistant. A brushed finish also hides fingerprints and water spots better than a polished surface. Like a honed finish, a brushed finish dilutes the color of the stone itself.
The most common method of 'tumbling process' is to cut the stone to the same size and place them into a rubber drum / barrel along with abrasive grit (rocks, sand etc.) and water. The tiles are literally tumbled over and over while the sand, rocks and water wear down their edges and soften their finish. Tumbled tiles not only have slightly rounded edges and corners but also a smooth and worn look.
Coffee Brown travertine patterned tiles with honed finish and tumbled edges. The overall size for the set is 800x800mm.
There is one set of modular travertine thick pavers all done with antiqued finish.
These travertine tiles are trimmed with with a special
These travertine tiles are fabricated with antiqued brushed and chiseled edges finish for floor paving.
This a project of a bathroom which uses travertine tiles for flooring and walling.
China travertine tiles with chisel-trimmed edges are used for wall cladding of a hotel corridor.