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.

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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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What Are Travertine Pavers?

Travertine is a kind of natural stone formed as a result of precipitation of calcium carbonate which is dissolved in cold or hot underground waters. Due to different minerals in natural spring water travertine pavers may contains different colors like brown, cream, yellow, gray, red and pink. Different patterns can be processed in different ways according to the formation of the stone in nature. Travertine is a softer rock than marble and granite which creates a beautiful and original look. Travertine pavers can be used almost all indoor& outdoor flooring and wall covering by cutting and surface treatments suitable for the intended use.


Outstanding Features of Travertine Pavers

Travertine pavers are chemical sedimentary stones formed by the precipitation of calcium carbonate minerals in the cavities or places where the thermal groundwater with calcium biocarbonate emerges. Natural stones like travertines, are healthy, antibacterial, hygienic coating and flooring materials.

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Travertine pavers have decorative appearances and their long life is another preferred reason for the users. They are not affected by the external environment and physical factors. Because travertine stones are natural, they are very resistant to changing weather conditions. Compared to other materials, they are included in the coating and flooring decoration materials which have a longer life.

It is known that Travertine improves with age. Colors will not fade over time. Travertine pavers will maintain their natural color for decades.

  • Durable: There is a misconception about travertine, which suggests that the perforated and soft tissue of the travertine is fragile and delicate. However, one of the main benefits of travertine is, it is one of the most durable stones. Its soft and delicate texture is actually a different manifestation of its robustness. It has white, yellow, beige and even brown colors due to its iron oxide and hydroxide content.
  • Easy to Clean: Travertine depending on its finish and wether it’s sealed or left in its natural state. They do not need maintenance. For maintenance, outdoor stones need to be washed, and indoors need to be removed from the dust.
  • Safe: Travertine Pavers are also ideal for use around the pool and patios areas because they will stay cool on the feet and are freeze-thaw compatible. As an another benefit of travertine pavers, it have a non-slip surface finish as they have a high co-efficient of friction. This means that Travertine Pavers will provide a safe walking and play surface area for the whole family.
  • Affordable: Natural stones are considered among the most economical architectural decoration coating and flooring materials if all these properties are considered and compared with other material prices. Today, competitive conditions, increase in stone variety, increase in production, renewal of machinery, etc., have led to natural stone prices to be cheaper and to increase suppliers.

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Travertine is an earthbound sedimentary rock with rusty varieties. It’s formed as a limestone that is created by a hot spring. However, the key difference between Travertine and other natural stones lies in the formation of the rock, the hardness of the stone and the appearance. It’s formed by the precipitation of carbonate minerals which creates the natural travertine.

One of the most unique ways and preferred features of travertine is its rustic look. As well with is porous stone feature, it’s offered in two variants as one of them being filled & the other one is unfilled. The filled travertine is always smoother and more durable and also looks more modern with its filled feature. Travertine, however, is mostly popular as travertine tiles used for floors, walls, backsplashes or counter tops. Its qualities and aesthetic values make it a preferred material both for indoor and outdoor projects.

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What Is The Origins of Travertine?

The word travertine comes from the Italian word ‘Travertino’ and is linked to a district near Rome called Tivoli, which is where a lot of travertine is naturally formed. Since primitive times travertine is being used as building material and a lot of amphitheaters. Ancient temples, monuments and courtyards are often made from travertine. Excellent examples of travertines and it’s longevity of the stone, the Colosseum. Which is the biggest building made almost entirely of travertine. Others would be Colonnade of St. Peter’s Square in Rome & the Sacre-Coeur Basilica in Paris. Travertine has been used since the first earliest usage in the First Egyptian Dynasty in 3200 BC.

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What Are The Colors of Travertine?

Travertine is available in a variety of colors from grey to gold. The colors of the Travertine forms naturally with the composition of chemical and mineral compounds and pressure exposed over a very long period of time.

What Are The Different Types of Travertine?

Travertine stone can be processed in different forms and versions depending on the final modeling projects. They vary in size and thickness depending upon the product type.


  1. Travertine Pavers
    They are ideal for outdoor projects such as pool decks, patios and driveway. Installed over sand, very durable, typically 1 ¼’’ thick. Travertine pavers are installed with the help of sand or gravel. They are very durable and typically 1 ¼” – 2” thick. Travertine pavers are available in different colors from cream tones to gray shades and also from gold to brown.
  2. Travertine Tiles
    They are normally 3/8″, 1/2″, 5/8″ thick and they have square edges which makes its installation effortless. Travertine tiles are mostly used for interior projects. They are installed using grout and the surface needs to be smoothed out before applying grout and installing the tiles.
  3. Travertine Mosaic Tiles
    Mosaic tiles are small square shaped tiles generally 1” x 1” 2” x 2” sizes in various colors. Travertine tiles can be used both for indoor and outdoor decorations. They are for example perfect for a backsplash or accent wall. Also they can be used for pool deck, tub surrounds, bath walls, flooring accents, decorative nooks and kitchen backsplashes.

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