About the Stone
The Travertine Classic stone is mostly extracted in the province of Denizli. The city was formerly known as Denizli Ladik, meaning “Laodicaea on the sea/lake”, but the town is not on the coast. The name developed through several spellings and may have referred to the abundance of underground water sources or the city’s location on the way to western Turkey’s lakes region nearby.
However, the Denizli province is mostly known for the Pamukkale, meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish. This is a natural site in Turkey and contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. Pamukkale’s terraces are made of travertine, a sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs. In this area, there are 17 hot water springs in which the temperature ranges from 35 °C (95 °F) to 100 °C (212 °F). This area is also known for its Travertine quarries, where several variations of this well-known natural stone are extracted.
The Travertine Classic is mostly extracted in the province of Denizli. There is a considerable number of quarries and some of these quarries can be quite large, having at one time hundreds of blocks in stock. Some quarries can have up to 8 layers of extraction in several distinct extraction areas. Because of the extreme cold in winter, the quarries are normally closed from December to March, re-starting their activity normally around March or April depending on the conditions.
The blocks extracted can have any dimension, according to the needs. And it is estimated that there are very large reserves of this stone for future extraction. Despite current high levels of extraction, this is s stone with considerable future.
The Travertine Classic enjoys a comfortable market both in Turkey and internationally. This stone is probably the most famous and on-demand type of travertine at the moment.
The Travertine Classic is a type of stone with a great reputation and market. This is mainly due to few factors that we present below:
– Appearance: the Travertine Classic has a great appearance, being cut in favour or agains the vein. It presents a beautiful beige colour that makes the wonders of architects.
– Continuity: this is a stone for the future, with large reserves and quantities available at present.
– Versatility: the Travertine Classic is a very versatile stone, being used pretty much everywhere. It also accepts well most types of finishings, which is why we call it a combat stone.
On the other hand, it is important to say that the Travertine Classic may present some problems, specially in terms of selection. There are quite some variations and types of Travertines that one can easily be mistaken by buying a similar stone to the Travertine Classic. Selection and knowledge of the stone are key!