11 facts about Travertine Tile.

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  1. Travertine is a type of limestone that forms in hot mineral springs around the world.
  2. The name ‘travertine’ was derived from the name of the ancient Italian city Tibur, now Tivoli, with roots beyond Roman times.
  3. Most Travertine is imported to the US from quarries in Italy, Iran, Mexico, Turkey, and Peru.
  4. Travertine is mined from quarries all over the world using many methods including Channeling machines, Wire Saws, Chain Saws and Water-Jet Cutting machines.
  5. When you look at it, you’ll notice what makes Travertine unique: naturally occurring holes and troughs on the surface.
  6. The holes and troughs that you find in Travertine can be filled with grout or left unfilled.
  7. 7. Travertine is often used as a building material and can be seen in architecture across Europe dating back to the Roman Empire.
  8. 8. Travertine comes in a variety of colors including white, tan, brown, cream and gold
  9. 9. Travertine is produced in a variety of styles including, honed, tumbled, polished, brushed, saw cut and chiseled edge.
  10. Modern Travertine tile encompasses a range of sizes. The most common tile sizes are 4×4, 6×6, 12×12, and 18×18 and tile trim pieces.
  11. Travertine can be used inside or outside, by itself or as a decorative piece mixed with granite, marble, ceramic or porcelain tile.