Travertine is a type of natural stone with incredible demand and a growing market. This type of stone has been extracted for centuries in Italy (with the Coliseum as its main reference project done in Travertine). Today, this type of stone is extracted in several countries, with Turkey as a leading extractor, manufacturer and exporter of all types of Travertine. We make here an analysis of Turkish travertine.
Turkey has what is known as the largest reserves of Travertine stone to be explored in the world. It is today the most active Travertine extractor and exporter, with a good range of types of Travertine in the market. The Classic Travertine is the most known, but there are others types as the Noce, Silver, Yellow and others that have gained a certain importance in the market.
Vein cut vs cross cut
Like many other natural stones, the Travertine can be presented in two main forms: vein cut, where it presents a natural parallel vein; or cross cut, if the blocks are sawn in favour of the vein, presenting no natural vein but some irregular shadows. Below you can see some examples.
Types of fillings
The Travertine is a type of stone that presents natural holes throughout its structure and surface. These natural holes are what makes the Travertine such a particular type of stone, beautiful and unique. With these natural holes, the Travertine can then be presented in different forms, or with different types of fillings, such as:
- No filling: where it is supplied with its natural holes unfilled.
- Cement filling: with a cement filling, this is a cheaper option of filling.
- Mastic filling: this is a white type of material that fills Travertine, giving it a whitish appearance.
- Resin: the most expensive but also a on-demand type of filling. This is perfect for polished surface.
Due to its beautiful look, colour possibilities, large reserves and availability, the Travertine is commonly used on a large diversity of applications. From outdoor to indoor applications, Travertine can be found pretty much everywhere. Below we present some examples.
Travertine Classic cladding
Travertine Classic exterior application
Travertine Noce coverings/cladding
Travertine Classic flooring and stonework