Why is Travertine used that much!
Travertine History and structure
Travertine or Lapis Tiburtinus (name of a town in ancient Roman Time) is known as a kind of limestone which is mostly used in architecture. It is formed as the result of hot mineral spring.
There are many reasons why architects use travertine that much: (1) it has very acceptable strength and hardness, (2) it can be polished, cut and ideally extracted, (3) it has no cracks, (4) it has timeless natural beauty and different colors, (5) it has good adjustability to mortar, and last but not the least (6) it has relatively good price.
Travertine can have holes out of quarry and it is called “unfilled travertine”. When it is filled with some materials before it is installed, it is called “filled travertine”. It is very similar to limestone but it can be distinguished from limestone by holes visible on its surface. Moreover, the size of the holes indicates whether or not the stone is a premium, commercial or select cut. As a rule of thumb, the smaller the hole, the more premium the cut of Travertine.
Where should travertine be used?
Travertine color can be walnut, white, tan, brown, cream, gold and also a varying shades of red, pink, orange and yellow. Some Travertines can have black veins running through them. It can be produced in a variety of styles including, honed, tumbled, polished, brushed, saw cut and chiseled edge and usually has a range of sizes like 40×60, 40×80, 100×40, 120×40.
Travertine tile can be supplied in the following sizes:
The elegancy and timeless charm of travertine caused to be used mainly for flooring, interior design and also work well in areas to make a contrast between classical and modern designs. Due to resistance and docility of travertine, it can be used for vertical cladding both inside and outside of homes, such as building facades, cladding on walls and balustrades. Moreover, since it has very soft structure, it can be also used for making solid stone sinks for bathroom and kitchen environment or decorative elements such as frames, portals, capitals, handrails and fireplaces.
Main sources of travertine in Iran are:
- White Travertine of Mahallat
- Red Travertine of Azarshahr (near Tabriz) and Jarghuye
- Walnut-colored Travertine of Azarshahr
- Lemon-colored Travertine of Mahallat
Since travertine is a kind of calcium carbonate based stone, it reacts in contact with acid, ammonia, and alcohol. Travertine must be cleaned with neutral cleansers to have long-term stability and shiness.
Radsam Company is one of the pioneers in supplying travertine. Having our own quarry, we can supply beige travertine tiles, beige travertine blocks, golden travertine slabs, golden travertine blocks, and red travertine blocks for our clients around the world. Radsam Company gives its clients the chance to visit the quarry and inspect the materials personally. That gives both sides more chance to work based on honesty and integrity.
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