Travertine is a form of calcium carbonate, which results from deposition by springs or rivers. It is often beautifully coloured and banded as a result of the presence of iron compounds or other impurities.
Travertine stone has long been used as a building material, as well as for cladding. Travertine is popular in tile format because of the variation in finishes that can be crated in the quarrying and manufacturing process. Unfilled travertine is a popular alternative to limestone because of its textured surface. Honed and filled travertine is probably the most common form of travertine tile, simply because it contains many of the properties people are seeking in a natural stone floor, whilst it also represents excellent value in terms of price. The smooth finish of honed and filled travertine also makes it easy to clean and maintain.