Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. It is one of the most enduring and sought after stones for flooring, wall tiles and paving in Australia today.
The stone is characterised by pitted holes and troughs in its surface. Although these troughs occur naturally, they suggest signs of considerable wear and tear over time. Some installers use a grout to fill the holes, whereas others leave them open — travertine can be purchased “filled” or “unfilled.”
Travertine can also be polished to a smooth, shiny finish, and comes in a variety of colours from grey to coral-red.