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All the nobility, beauty, simplicity, and history of the Roman Classic Travertine, in a block of marble, to realize the project of your dreams.

 

Light Roman travertine slabs, tiles, stairs, columns,  flooring & covering, solid sinks, solid bathtub, fireplace, sculptures, mosaics, decorative marble, luxury marble, and more. 

History of the Roman Travertine

At the time of the Romans, the travertine was so prized that it was considered "the stone of ancient Rome".

It was called "Lapis Tiburtinus" and was transported by sea and land.
Between the second and third century BC, travertine was the natural stone of Roman architecture.

The Romans extracted millions and millions of cubic meters of the area called "Tiburtina".

It was used in the foundations, like support walls and in the supporting structures, columns, arcs, etc.

It was used in the great public works at the service of the community, works that evoke the great civic sense of ancient Rome, the city gates, aqueducts, fountains, buildings destined to the spectacles and much more.

In the middle of the first century BC, the Roman Travertine acquired its moment of glory through new forms of expression.


In the Flavian Amphitheater, in the Roman Coliseum, in the Palatini Palaces and in Villa Adriana and until the thermal architecture.

Afterward, the quarries were closed for a long period.

In the middle of the fifteenth century, the quality of the Travertine stone began to be appreciated again. The Roman travertine is the stone par excellence in the architecture of the 400 and in the papal constructions.


The pontificate of Sixtus IV constitutes the period after so many centuries in which Rome begins to be "the city of the travertine".


Every important building, religious or civil, public or private should especially display the façades, constructive elements made with Roman Travertine.

The consumption of the travertine was enormous and the old quarries of Tivoli were again opened, from where the best stone was extracted.

The steps of "Plaza de Espana", "Piazza Navona" and "Fontana di Trevi" where you can see in all magnificence the marriage between the water and the Roman travertine.

Roman Travertine Gallery

Surface finishes of Roman travertine.

Roman travertine blocks can be cut in two directions.

In one of them, the slabs obtained will present their characteristic veins aligned in parallel form and for that reason is usually called, Roman Travertine to the vein or Roman Travertine Vein cut.

Cutting the block in the direction of the veins, the slabs thus obtained do not present the streaks oriented in any sense and are usually called Roman Travertine to the water or Travertino Romano crosscut.

Applications

The Roman Travertine is a very noble and versatile material, it can be used both in architecture and sculptures, it is malleable, resistant, allowed to cut, shine and shine very well, it can be used for both exterior and interior.

Its surface has pores and therefore is easily recognizable.

The travertine of better quality is the clear tone, is travertine of cream color clear with its small pores and for that same reason it is very compact travertine.

Its surface can be left to the natural state, that is to say to "open pore" rustic, without shine or to "open pore" honed, that is not bright.

You can also fill your pores with cement or mastic mixed with pigments of the same color of the stone and then after the surface is well dried it can shine matt or shine to mirror, as the image of the slab you see above.

It can also be given an aging finish, covering its pores with cement and then brushing the surface with mechanical brushes that give it that old look.

Other travertines

Highly appreciated in architecture is the silver travertine, with its streaks oriented in parallel grayish, allows to make coatings maintaining this parallelism.

Of import, we also have the yellow travertine and the travertine red Persian.

The same considerations have been made before, and the last two, red and yellow travertine, combine very well with the cream color Travertine Roman Light to beautify all the environments where they want to use.

The classic Roman travertine, is of medium tone, beige, slightly darker than the light Roman travertine and is the most common.

There is a travertine of a lighter hue, almost white bone color and is the Navona travertine.

 

And there is also a darker travertine, the walnut travertine used in moderation, combined with the light Roman travertine or with the classic Roman travertine allow to create beautiful environments.

Technical Data of Roman Travertine

 

Flexural strength Uni En 12372

Roman Light Travertine, Classic     11,3  MPa

Roman White Travertine               10,8  MPa

Roman Alabastrino Travertine         9,0  MPa

Roman Silver Light Travertine       12,5  MPa

Roman Silver Dark Travertine       12,5  MPa


Resistance to ice and thaw Uni EN 12372
 

Roman Light Travertine, Classic     5,6  MPa

Roman White Travertine               7,4  MPa

Roman Alabastrino Travertine       4,5  MPa

Roman Silver Light Travertine       8,3  MPa

Roman Silver Dark Travertine       8,3  MPa

Slip resistance Uni EN 1341

Roman Light Travertine, Classic     65

Roman White Travertine               64

Roman Alabastrino Travertine       65

Roman Silver Light Travertine       63

Roman Silver Dark Travertine       63


Abrasion resistance Uni EN 1341

Roman Light Travertine, Classic     25

Roman White Travertine               26,80

Roman Alabastrino Travertine       27,20

Roman Silver Light Travertine       21,4

Roman Silver Dark Travertine       21,4

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