What Are The Types of Travertine Pavers?

Travertine stone is a natural stone and is available in various patterns and colors. Travertine is formed when springs deposit limestone. Than water travels over these deposits and the dissolved matter creates thin layers of calcite and aragonite, which are forms of calcium carbonate. These mineral layers build up into deposits of what is known as travertine.

Travertine stone is usually formed in blocks and then sliced into thinner slabs afterwards. All types of travertine stones can be supplied both as cross cut and vein cut. This depends on how the travertine blocks are sawn, if in favour or against the natural vein of this stone. By simply changing the sawing direction of the travertine block, one can have a stone that present a complete different look, however it is the same stone.

What is the difference between Cross Cut and Vein Cut Travertine?

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Cross Cut

With a cross cut, the piece of the stone is cut vertical (at a 90-degree angle) to the bed rock. In other words, when the block is cross-cut, it goes across the bedding, and reveals circular patterns in the stone. For example when one cuts a tree against the grain, the rings in it will be seen. With cross cut, the surface presents a fairly non-uniform background, composed by several light and dark clouded areas.

For further information please see our Da Vinci Cross Cut Travertine Paver.

Vein Cut

Vein cut means that the stone is cut parallel to the natural bedding plane.  By cutting with the grain the pattern that’s revealed is linear, and although it’s the same stone, it appears totally different from the pattern revealed with a cross-cut. Compressed sediment within the stone comes in light and dark layers, and vein cuts show these different tones.

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Travertine Pavers Colors

The types of colours and patterns of travertine pavers revealed depend on the type of natural stone used.

Here is a list of most popular colors of travertine pavers:

  • Ivory
  • Beige
  • Walnut
  • Noche
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Cream Color
  • Multicolored

As mentioned, travertine pavers are cut from natural stone, and there are different processes to improve its look. They can be installed in a wide range of eye-catching travertine pavers patterns and designs.

Travertine Pavers Finishes

Travertine pavers can be finished in different ways: Tumbled, Honed, Brushed, Filled, Filled & Honed, Chiseled, Bush Hammered, Polished

Chiseled Travertine refers to the edges while all the other finishes refer to the actual surface.

  1. Hоnеd Travertine: The term honed refers to polishing or sanding the pavers. A honed finish appears glossy and has a matte or sheen look with a smooth texture. In order to achieve a honed finish, the travertine is ground on one side.
  2. Polished Travertine: A polished finish requires filling the holes in the travertine. Similar to the honed finish, the travertine is sleek and smooth to touch.
  3. Chiseled Travertine: The edges of the stone is distressed by a machine which uses steel chains to give a randomly chiseled look.
  4. Tumbled Travertine: Many holes are present. The edges and corners are rough and/or wavy. The travertine has an overall “rough” and rustic look, so the travertine is tumbled to provide more texture. This process can take 3-5 weeks and requires the travertine to be coated with rubber or plastic barrel with grit and water. The holes in the travertine can be filled or unfilled depending on the look one wants to achieve.
  5. Filled Travertine: Existing holes are filled, often with a grout. The fillings can be seen if one looks closely but normally they are not noticeable. Filling the holes creates a smoother look.

One can either have stone that is just filled, honed, chiseled or combinations of those finishes are also possible like Chiseled & Honed, Chiseled & Filled or Honed & Filled & Chiseled.

Travertine Pavers Patterns

Once the travertine finish is selected, the type of travertine pavers patterns needs to be choosen. There is a wide range of laying patterns available.

Here is a list of Travertine Pavers Patterns suggestions:

  • French Pattern
  • Fish pattern
  • Mosaic-checkered
  • Mosaic-wave
  • Mosaic-wave corner
  • Star pattern
  • Basket Weave
  • Herringbone
  • Diamond-cut
  • Corner set
  • Rattan
  • Brick
  • 3D Pattern
  • Versailles
  • Leonardo travertine paver

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