The natural stone, Travertine, has been used in design and architecture for centuries and is recognisable in some of the world’s most famous structures including The Coliseum in Rome, the Basilique Du Sacre Coeur in Paris and The Getty in Los Angeles.
In modern times, travertine is often applied as beautiful polished floor and wall tiles or as facades, instead of construction. If you’re thinking of using travertine stone tiles in your home, here’s everything you need to know about them and where to buy them.
Why use travertine in the home?
Travertine is an amazing natural stone which complements most home styles and décor. It’s a more affordable option over Marble and Granite stone, yet maintains its own luxurious and exclusive appeal. It comes in an array of colours from soft grey and beige tones to reddish brown and even gold. Besides its appearance, travertine is incredibly durable (like that of limestone) and is environmentally friendly, which adds great value to your home.
Did you know? The word ‘travertine’ is derived from the Italian travertino, itself a derivation of the Latin tiburtinus ‘of Tibur’. Its namesake is also the origin of Tivoli, a district near Rome.
What kind of tile finishes are available?
Travertine in Australia generally comes in a few finishes:
- Honed – the surface of the stone has been ground to a smooth, flat, consistent surface. For stones with a natural shine such as granite or marble, the polish or shine is removed leaving a matte (unpolished) surface with little to no reflection and no bumps or ridges.
- Honed and unfilled – imperfections and pockets have been left unfilled, giving it a more rustic feel to the product particularly in outdoor applications.
- Honed and filled – this finish has had imperfections and pockets filled, with the honed finished performed over the top.
- Polished – to create a mirror-like finish, the natural and hard surface of the stone is ground to a smooth flat surface to create a high gloss sheen.
- Brushed – this finish is all about creating an antique, rough look. To do so, hard plastic or metal brushes are applied to the stone surface.
- Tumbled and unfilled – the stone in its natural state, which offers an antiqued look and can be used to beautify outdoor areas, such as patio areas, garden pathways, decorative exterior walls and decking around your swimming pool
- Acid washing – Another antiquing method is to go through an acid washing process. Depending on what kind of depth you’d like to achieve, acid washing finish can range from a superficial cleaning of the stone right through to a more defined ruggedness.
Most popular applications for Travertine tiles
Travertine’s ability to remain cool, even under the direct gaze of the sun, makes it the perfect stone for outdoor and wet areas, such as by the poolside and uncovered patio areas. Certain grades, such as our Platinum Travertine features unfilled and tumbled edges, which can be used for external and internal uses, and offers a French-inspired look.
Getting Travertine tiles from Stone & Tile Studio
Stone & Tile Studio is one of Queensland’s leading suppliers of exclusive travertine stone tiles for indoor and outdoor use. We specialise in a variety of sizes and grades for sophisticated settings. Our Platinum Travertine tile is one our more popular styles, with contemporary designers looking to achieve a timeless French charm.