Travertine Bathroom Tile
The use of travertine tile in home bathrooms is a practical
and beautiful solution that lasts a lifetime. Once used
throughout ancient Europe for building walls and foundations,
modern manufacturing now produces tiles and shapes that are
easily incorporated into interior designs. This sturdy material
is Ideal for bathroom flooring because of its
non-stick surface properties. The many available patterns
and colors can be used for flooring, backdrops, showers and
sinks coordinated to fit a variety of decors.
Natural travertine is a fairly hard sedimentary stone formed
from carbonate minerals and mineral spring water. It is similar
to limestone and marble but this porous material often features
many cavities. The tile surfaces are often laden with holes and
crevices that give the finished material a textured
Filled tiles are recommended for bathroom flooring. Tiles
that contain larger holes or pitted surfaces can be susceptible
to water buildup that may be difficult to control. Unfilled
tiles are better used for exterior walkways or patios.
Most of the travertine tile available today originates from
quarries in Turkey where it is manufactured into tiles and
other shapes. China produces travertine sinks, bathtubs and
vessels that are exported worldwide.
Sizes and Colors of
Standard tile sizes range in inches from 4 x 4, 6 x 6, 12 x
12 and 24 x 24. Mosaic travertine tiles are available in
standard sizes of 1 x 1 and 2 x 2 inches. Trim and border
shapes are available for countertops and wall edges.
Pure travertine is white but yellow, beige brown and gold
tones appear as a result of mineral deposits. Occasionally grey
or black veins may be inherent in the tiles.
Travertine sinks can be found in a variety of colors in
polished or unpolished finishes. Sink diameters are 18 or 18.5
inches and 7 or 4 inch depths.
The early use of stone as a building material provided a
sturdy structure that could withstand centuries of use. But the
ancient builders were also aware of aesthetics. Today
travertine provides both beauty and durability and is a good
choice for any contemporary bathroom.