Travertine Cross Cut vs. Travertine Vein Cut

Travertine is a very popular type of natural stone that is today used on a diversity of applications, such as flooring, wall coverings, diverse bath design (shower trays, basins), cladding, stonework and much more. This is a versatile type of stone that normally combines a very uniform colour, with large availability and a beautiful look.

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 have a stone that present a complete different look, however it is the same stone.

Below you can find three examples of how the same travertine can look so different it presented as cross cut or vein cut.

Travertine Classic cross cut vs Travertine vein cut

Travertine cross cut vs Travertine vein cut

Travertine cross cut vs Travertine 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


The amazing thing about the Travertine stone is that it can present two different looking stones from the same block. By simply turning the block and vein sense, a different looking stone is produced.

Travertine Classic flooring

With this article we understand how different these two variations of the Travertine stone can be, and despite being supplied as the same stone, they differ in terms of price, availability, technical properties and even final usage. It is then very importan to create a distinction between these two final forms of Travertine, no matter which Travertine stone we are talking about.