Travertine is a soft, porous and banded limestone, from the sedimentary stone class. Selected and elegant material for interior livings and fittings, gives to the living space a lighter and serene atmosphere. Some types are light to medium brown, bright travertine with an indication of bands that fill the breathing space.
That’s an earth young stone, about one million years old, formed in the Quaternary period, with thicknesses formation of up to 30 m. Travertine consists predominantly of the chemical calcium carbonate, that has been generated by deposits of lime from the mineral-containing water on parts of plants and on the floor of a stretch of water, the same environment as a cave with stalactites and stalagmites. The lower layers have been compacted to such an extent by the superimposed younger layers that hardly any pores are left and they finally have converted into tight limestone, which is the original rock for crystalline marble.
Travertine is one of the very few stone types, which generally are lacquered with special stone protection because of their extreme absorbency. The surface receives a fine silky luster. However, it could be sealed regularly or used as bare skin. Must be clean with non-abrasive cloth or sponge with mild soap and warm water.
Blocks and slabs vary in appearance and dimension. As this is natural stone, all pictures are a rough guide.