Travertine Travertine is a sedimentary rock that began as limestone. The porous nature of limestone
makes it a great reservoir for liquids. Heated by the Earth’s inner core, water rises as steam
or hot mud baths, such as geysers. This hot liquid dissolves the limestone and rises to
the Earth’s surface forming mud beds. After enough time passes, the mud bed cools
and crystallizes to form a solid stone called travertine. The characteristic small holes or cavities
found in travertine are a result of the cooling process. Sometimes those holes are filled
before the product is honed or polished. Fill material is generally material dust from the
cutting process and mixed with a hardener. Unfilled Travertine is quite beautiful and
unique. It is harder than limestone but softer than marble or granite.

Travertine Finishes

Honed: Smooth, non-reflective finish (matte)

Polished: Non-chemical finish that reflects light and gives appearance of depth

Tumbled: Rounded edges and corners for a rustic look

Brushed: Steel brushes are used to create a textured look

Chiseled: Edges are mechanically chipped to create an aged appearance

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