Marble is a natural stone such as Travertine, Granite, Onyx, Limestone, Slate etc. Marble with its inherent warmth, adds a sophisticated element to the area in which it is installed. Its naturally random appearance.
Marble originates as limestone, but after intense heat and pressure have been applied to it deep within the earth, its composition and texture change. The marble is formed through a process called recrystallization. Marble’s unique look is largely due to the veining patterns inherent in its composition.
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
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.