What is Travertine?
Travertine is a natural stone such as Marble, Granite, Onyx, Limestone, Slate etc. The key difference between Travertine and other natural stones lies in the formation of the rock, the hardness of the stone and the appearance. Travertine is formed in hot springs and/or limestone caves. Travertine is not the same as Marble or Limestone which falls in the metamorphic rock category. Key characteristics of Travertine stone are the holes within the stone which are caused by carbon dioxide evasion.
What is Travertine Quarry?
A travertine quarry is nothing more than a mine for Travertine stone. Most quarries are huge and look like open large pits. Travertine rocks are dug up in quarries and broken down into travertine blocks which are then transported to factories for the purpose of cutting. After cutting the blocks into slabs, tiles, pavers, mosaics etc. the proper Travertine finish is applied.
How is Travertine exported from Iran?
Most of the Travertine found in Iran are exported directly to other countries with ships from Bandar Abbas port in form of containers. There are many ocean freight services which transport this material across the Indian and Atlantic Ocean from Persian Gulf. Next they are distributed from the port to several different warehouses and wholesalers via freight forwarders.
Mostly Travertine blocks are exported to neighbor countries by Truck especially to Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Bulgaria.
What is the difference between Travertine Tiles and Travertine Pavers?
Travertine Tiles are used for indoor projects such as floors and walls while Travertine pavers are primarily used for outdoors such as driveways, pool decks, and patio areas and walk ways. Travertine tiles are 0.5'' thick while the standard thickness for Travertine pavers is 1 1/4''.
Which colors do Travertine Tiles, Pavers, Mosaics etc. come in?
Some of the most popular colors are Ivory, Beige, Walnut colors (light, medium, dark), Noche (Dark brown), Silver and Gold. Combinations of these colors are also possible. Colors variations and color name variations are quite common within the Travertine industry i.e. Cream, Cappuccino, Chocolate.
What finish is applied to Travertine Products?
Travertine products usually have the following finishes: 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. Combinations are also possible such as Chiseled & Honed, Chiseled & Brushed or Honed & Filled & Chiseled.
How thick is a Travertine Tile?
A standard travertine tile is 2cm thick.
What Travertine Floor Tile sizes are most popular?
The most popular sizes which are processed in our factories are: 30x30, 30x60, 40x40, 40x60, and 60 x 60 centimeters as well as slabs.
What is a Travertine slab?
Travertine slabs refer to large pieces of Travertine which are i.e. custom cut with CNC machines to produce counter tops. Travertine slabs are usually 2-5 cm (centimeters) thick. The width of a slab is up to 67", the length of a travertine slab is up to 115". Travertine slabs are usually exported by the bundle.
What is the difference between Cross Cut and Vein Cut Travertine?
99% of the travertine which you see online or displayed throughout retail locations such as flooring companies, pool builders, home improvement companies etc. is by default cross cut. This refers to the default way of cutting the travertine blocks which are harvested from the quarry. In order to produce vein cut travertine, the travertine blocks are rotated and the cuts take place across the vein. Think of it as cutting a tree. You can cut a tree vertically or horizontally. If you cut it vertically, the veins come out, same with Travertine.
What are the most popular uses of Travertine?
History teaches us that there are no limits when it comes to the usage of Travertine stone. Even before Christ, Travertine used to be among the top building stones in Ancient Greek and Rome. Romans took advantage of Travertine for various constructions projects such as buildings and temples, aqueducts, baths, stairs, steps, and amphitheaters, the largest building in the world constructed mostly of travertine. Travertine was also used for sculptures and monuments. Even today in the 21st century, Travertine stone is being used for a huge variety of indoor and outdoor projects. There are no exact design guidelines when it comes to travertine. It can be used practically anywhere to enhance any area. The most popular uses in the US include but are not limited to the following.
Most common indoor travertine usage:
Floors and Walls
Stairs & Steps
Bathroom & Showers
Countertops & Backsplashes
Travertine Sinks & Vessels
Indoor Split Face Walls
Most common outdoor travertine usage: