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Travertine is a light-colored limestone. It is a calcium carbonate rock deposited around lime-rich springsand lakes. When the water evaporates, it leaves behind layers of dissolved limestone and other minerals,giving it its banded appearance. Its natural pits and holes, made by bubbles in the hot springs where it was formed, lend it a distinctive character. The holes are normally filled with synthetic resins or cements for easier maintenance, and add to the stone's unique character. Travertine is generally used for floors, walls and for outside as cladding and pavement.

Although Travertine is generally filled with grout before it is honed or polished, unfilled travertine is also quite beautiful, and is often seen as exterior surfaces of buildings.

The stone is soft and delicate to look at. It breathes spaciousness. It's relaxed and soothing. The feeling is peaceful, tranquil, serene. It's a simple beauty. A casual formalness.

The classic aged look of tumbled stone will warm your home. A polished or honed travertine becomes a bit more formal but yet, it's still inviting. The soft earthy hues of this natural stone truly keep it in tune with nature.

This is a calcareous stone. It is highly reactive to the acids found in lemons, vinegar, alcohol, etc. These acids will etch the stone by leaving marks and rings. Similar to limestone, travertine also varies in hardness, density, and porosity. Some travertine stones are harder than others.

It is usually a more porous stone than marble and needs to be sealed. If left untreated it will soak up liquids and water.

This is also a softer natural stone. It will scratch. It's not as soft as soapstone but it can't compete with the hardness of granite. Travertine comes in all different sizes, from small mosaics, to 36"x36" tiles, to large heavy slabs.

Travertine colors are in warm earthy tones. From the softest ivories to the palest creams. Rich shades of golden honey and silvery greens to deep mocha browns. Travertine never appears as one solid color. The color tones vary and veins or bands stone is of contrasting color run throughout the stone. No two stones or tiles are alike.

Travertines are appropriate for both interior and exterior applications. In locations that are susceptible to freezing temperatures, travertine is normally used for interior wall cladding and decoration. Travertine is softer and more porous stone, so it requires sealing when used in interior design.


  • Interior and exterior walls
  • Floors
  • Furniture surfaces
  • Vanities
  • Decorative stonework


  • Polished(selected materials)
  • Honed
  • Tumbled

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6666 W. Howard St

Niles, IL 60714
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