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Types and Grades of Travertine


How Travertine Tile is Made


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About Travertine Tile


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Travertine Buying Guide


Colors, Finishes, and More


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Colors, Finishes, and More

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The natural shades of travertine ranges from soft ivory and pale creamy white to rich golden shades of walnut and honey, silvery greens, rustic reds, and deep mocha coffee shades. Since travertine is natural stone and the colors depend on local mineral and organic materials, the tiles are never a single solid color, although some travertine varieties are more consistent in color. Colors in each tile will vary with mottling and veins or bands of contrasting color throughout the stone. Each stone has unique character, although stones quarried from the same area will have enough overall similarity to create a beautiful floor.

FAQ 460 Travertine Colors, Finishes, and More

Travertine Colors

  • Beige – ranging in color from lightest ivory to pale fawn
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    Beige Travertine Tile

  • Walnut – a variety of mid range browns from dark tan to milk chocolate
  • Noce – shades of walnut that range from medium gold to dark coffee
  • Chocolate – deep, rich dark brown
  • Silver – light ivory tiles with a hint of gray that creates a silvered appearance.
  • Philadelphia – earthy, medium range tan colors with a high degree of natural striation
  • Gold – rich shades of golden honey
  • Light – pale cream or ivory
  • Navona – very light beige (almost white) with a rustic, antique appearance
  • Emerald – pale shades with a greenish tinge
  • Emerald Light –  Pale green veins on white background
  • Onyx Light – Honey yellow onyx veins on white background
  • Mina Rustic  - Blend of beige and walnut and has some yellow and black veins. Has more variation comparing the other colors
  • Mina Dark- One tone darker than Beige, it can be described as “Light Walnut”
  • Scabos – a highly variegated degree of colors ranging from light honey to dark rust
  • Durango – cloudy ivory and light khaki tile speckled with tiny black dendrites
  • Red – travertine that contains a high rust content can range from a pale rust to a vibrant scarlet
  • Rosa – a deep rose pink mottled with cream
  • Gray – a heavily striated dark gray travertine
  • Classico – a uniform color and patterning that resembles natural cork

Travertine Finishes

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Tumbled and Unfilled Travertine

  • Polished – The travertine is smoothed and polished to a shiny, reflective surface similar to marble. This finish is most common in commercial applications.
  • Honed – A honed finish is flat and satiny smooth with a low-shine matte finish. Honed travertine is the most popular choice for home use.
  • Brushed – Brushed travertine has slightly rough texture and a matte finish. More antique and is less slippery compared to honed or polished finish
  • Saw Cut  - A flat, very matte finish with no honing or polish. No further finishing after being cut with the wet saw.
  • Tumbled – Tumbled travertine is the most natural finish, resulting in a highly textured finish with no shine and edges that are rounded with a worn appearance that resembles ancient stone. Tumbled travertine is most often found in outdoor installations.

Travertine Filling

  • Unfilled – Travertine in its naturally porous state with naturally occurring holes.
  • Filled – Most commonly, the porous holes in travertine are filled with a mixture of a hardener like cement and dust byproducts from the cutting and honing process for a perfect color match.

Travertine Tile Thickness

Standard travertine tile thicknesses are 3/8″, 1/2″, 5/8″ for tiles and 1 1/4″ for pavers the recommended thickness varies depending on the type of travertine and the intended purpose.

Custom thickness can be cut to exact measurements, bearing in mind that the thinner travertine is cut, the more its tensile strength diminishes.

Travertine Tile Sizes

Travertine comes in many different sizes ranging from small pieces suitable for mosaic tiles to large-scale tiles suitable for installation in commercial building lobbies. Since travertine is a natural stone and color depends on the influences of local nature and minerals, not every color will be available in every size. It is more difficult to mine large, consistent pieces from some areas.

Some of the more common sizes are:

12″x12″x3/8″
16″x16″x1/2″
16″x16″x3/8″
16″x24″x1/2″
18″x18″x1/2″
24″x24″x1/2″
24″x24″x5/8″
3″x6″x3/8″
4″x4″x3/8″
4″x8″x3/8″
6″x6″x3/8″
8″x16″x1/2″
8″x8″x1/2″
8″x8″x3/8″
12″x12″x1/2″
12″x24″x1/2″
Antique Pattern
French/Villa Pattern
Small Pattern

Patterns are mixes of different sized tiles designed to be used together.

Antique Pattern:

Also known as Meandros pattern, sets include tiles in the following proportions:

1 pcs 16″x24″, 2 pcs 16″x16″, 1 pcs 8″x16″, 2 pcs 8″x8″.

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Antique Pattern Tile Layout

French or Villa or Versailles Pattern:

Villa Pattern sets include tiles in the following proportions:

2 pcs 16″x24″, 6 pcs 16″x16″, 4 pcs 8″x16″, 4 pcs 8″x8″.

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Villa Tile Pattern Sample

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Villa Pattern Tile Layout Sample

Small Pattern:

Small Pattern sets include tiles in the following proportions:

1 pc 12”x18”, 2 pcs 12”x12”, 1 pc 6”x12”, 2 pcs 6”x6”

Edge Detail

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Brushed & Chiseled Edge Travertine Tile

  • Chiseled Edge – Natural stone with rustic chiseling around the edges. Travertine can be hand or machine chiseled. Machine chiseling is most common because it is less expensive and very consistent. Hand chiseled cuts are more random in size and placement.
  • Tumbled Edge – Tumbling travertine produces a rough, textured finish with rounded corners for a naturally aged appearance.
  • Straight Edge – Sharp 90° corners and edges.
  • Chamfered, eased edge, or beveled – A 90° edge that has been eased by angling tiny portion of the edge to make two 45° angles that fit together.
  • Pillowed Edge – Pillowed edge refers to a rounded bullnose edge all around the tile.

Related posts:

  1. Colors, Finishes, and More
  2. About Travertine Tile
  3. Types and Grades of Travertine

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Yiana September 13, 2011 at 5:52 am

We will be in installing travertine tiles in a 1500 sq ft area that also has a small powder room. My first choice is to use 24×24 tiles instead of 18×18 because we prefer the least amount of grout lines possible and like the grander look of the larger tiles. Is there any reasons NOT to use the larger tiles and will they look appropriate for the powder room?

Thank you in advance for your advise,

Yiana

J in LA November 20, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Have a travertine cofffee table 4ft by 4th with a dull matte finish! Dissappointed!!
Can I convert the finish to a polished (like marble) finish with products from like Home Depot? What do you recommend a process?
Thank You
J in LA

J in LA November 20, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Have a 4ft x 4ftTraverine coffee table with a mattte finish. Disappointed. Can I convert the finish to a a polish finish from products from lilke Home Depot or do you recommend a process?
Thanks for yur input
J in LA

Tina January 9, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I am installing 6 x 6 unfilled travertine on the floor of a small bathroom. I want to keep the natural look of the holes in the tiles and was wondering if there is some type of clear filler that I could use to fill the voids. I’m not having much luck on my research as of yet. Any advice is much appreciated. Thank You.

Jas Sohi January 10, 2012 at 12:38 am

Hi Tina,

Unfortunately, I haven’t heard of any clear filler products on the market. The filler you are referring to is usually just grout and I’ve never seen a clear grout being used in an installation. So basically, you have two choices: leave the holes unfilled and use a penetrating sealer to seal the tiles OR settle with a grout color that complements the tile color and then seal the tiles. Hope that helps make the decision a bit easier!

MATT July 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm

HI, IM A LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR LOOKING TO INSTALL OVER AN EXISTING CONCRETE POOL DECK. CAN IT BE DONE WITHOUT REMOVING ALL THE CONCRETE? HOW THIN CAN IT BE INSTALLED AS A PAVER SO THE GRADES AND STEPS DO NOT CHANGE TO DRAMATICALLY? THANK YOU.

MATT

Martha Bates August 8, 2013 at 3:52 pm

I’m considering having a kitchen backsplash of the noche subway tiles with a mosaic of scabos tile behind my cooktop. Will these color complement each other? Thanks!

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