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Travertine Cross Cut vs. Travertine Vein Cut

Travertine is a popular natural stone with exceptional qualities for construction and decoration. The Travertine structure is quite versatile, as it combines a very uniform colour with a seemly clean background and thin-medium grain. Also, there’s a high availability of this stone, making it suitable for nearly every type of application, such as flooring, wall coverings, bath designs, cladding, stone and many others.

However, all types of travertine can be supplied both as cross cut and vein cut. This depends on how the travertine blocks are sawn, if in favour or against the natural vein of this stone. By simply changing the sawing direction of the travertine block, we can obtain a complete different look while maintaining the same properties.

Below, you can find three examples of how the same travertine can look so differently, depending on the chosen variation – cross cut or vein cut.

Travertine Vein Cut

The Travertine vein cut is the most well-known variation of the Travertine stone, the one that identifies the Travertine as such an unique type of stone. It is produced from blocks, when these are sawn against the natural vein of the Travertine. The end result is a travertine that presents a well-defined parallel vein.

The Travertine vein cut is mostly characterized by its parallel vein, with natural Travertine holes throughout its surface and some clear colour variations (dark and light areas). The Travertine vein cut is commonly found with resin filling, but it is also possible to find it with mastic or cement filling.

Travertine Classic vein-cut

Travertine Cross Cut

The Travertine cross cut is produced when the blocks are sawn in favour of the vein, which means that the natural vein is avoided. The final result is a surface that presents a fairly non-uniform background, composed by several light and dark clouded areas.

As with the vein cut, the cross cut Travertine presents some natural holes that can be filled with resin, mastic or cement. Or simply be supplied unfilled.

Travertine Classic cross-cut polished


One of the most amazing features regarding the Travertine stone is the fact that it can present two different appearances from the exact same block, by simply changing the cut direction.

Travertine Classic interiors

But despite being the same natural stone, there are quite a few differences besides the visual appearance. Both cross cut and vein cut variations differ in terms of price, availability, some technical properties and even recommended usages. Therefore, it’s important to establish a clear differentiation.





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