Travertine is a type of limestone but many people think of it as a form of marble – it varies in colour from pale cream to dark beige to reddish brown and is easily recognisable by the pitted surface caused by bubbles in the rock when it was molten and still forming. These holes can be left unfilled in tumbled tiles which have a more weathered appearance or can be filled with epoxy resin before the tiles are honed or polished. Honed tiles have a smooth matt finish and polished tiles have a glossy finish.
Travertine tiles come in a range of colours and textures to suit traditional, rustic and contemporary installations and are most commonly used for flooring but are also suitable for walls. Because it is porous it must be sealed after installation with a recommended sealant.
As with all natural stone tiles, travertine tiles vary in colour and markings, which gives them their unique beauty.