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                     Roma Tumbled                                 Perugia Honed

Above are the two travertines in our bespoke range of natural stones. Roma is very much a light classic travertine with a creamy white appearance, whilst Perugia is a rare walnut travertine with dark undertones.

They are both extremely high in quality and can be used throughout the home to suit any surrounding, modern or traditional. Unlike many travertines on the market today these do not have masses of holes in the underside and are therefore much more wearable and better for laying. These travertines must be seen to be fully appreciated.

Travertine tiles can be used in stone floors, exteriors, countertops, backsplashes, bathrooms, and walls. Quarried from stone that is best described as a cross between marble and limestone, travertine has been a building material for thousands of years because of both its durability and the ability of masons to shape it to fit just about any purpose.

A Brief History Of Travertine

Travertine derives its name from the Italian town 'Tivoli' near Rome where extensive deposits can be found. Historically it was transported to Rome for use in building and developing the city. It was even used in abundance for the Colosseum which was built back in 80 AD, so as a building material it has stood its test of time.

Travertine itself is a sedimentary rock made up of calcium carbonate, belonging to the limestone family of natural stone. Travertine's unique composition is brought about due to carbon dioxide rich water travelling through rocks in limestone areas. It is this water which forms the cavities that characterise travertine and differentiates it from other natural stones. When pure, travertine is white in colouration but impurities can cause variations in colour of yellow and browns, this is what gives travertine its varying aesthetic appearance.

Travertine is now one of the most used natural stones in modern architecture as it can be utilized for wall cladding and flooring. It is typically used in kitchens, bathrooms and hallways however it can also be used for external paving and masonry.

The pitted holes and troughs are what distinguish travertine from other natural stones, providing an aged and worn appearance. There are now many finishes available when purchasing travertine, typically honed and filled or with tumbled edges. At Milano Design we are constantly looking to evolve and push the boundaries with new finishes to travertine, deriving different characteristics and allowing it to be used in different areas of the home without compromise.

Milano Design Products Include:

Honed Floors  |  Polished Floors  |  Tumbled Floors

Classic Oak Floors  |  Vintage Oak Floors  |  Walnut Floors  |  New Classic Parquet Floors

Landscape Design Paving  |  Swimming Pool Paving  |  Travertine & Glass Mosaics