When we drink a good wine or a single malt whiskey, we care a lot about the age, grape, vineyard and how to serve it.
If you purchase one of our products you are not only purchasing a beautiful mirror or table, but also a mirror made out of a stone that is more than 2 millions years old! So I thought you might be interested to learn a bit more about the history of your mirror, table or coaster:
Where does the name Travertine come from?
1797, from Italian travertino "a kind of building stone," from Latin tiburtinus, from Tiburs, adjective from Tibur (modern Tivoli), in Latium.
Travertinus, was orginially tiburtinus or Tivertino, from the Roman name of Tivoli, a town 26 km east of Roma.
Tiburtina > Tibuli > Tivoli > Tivertino > Travertino > Travertine
The Word travertine is thought to originate from lapis travertinus used for volcanic spring deposits of Bagni di Tivoli in Italy. In the early literature, other spellings has been seen like travertine and travertin, in italian it is travertino.
Here in Turkey you can find the famous Travertine Pools in Pamukkale, which means in English Cotton Palace, located close to Denizli. Deriving from springs in a cliff almost 200 m high overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have created an unreal landscape, made up of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced basins. It is believed that Cleopatra had her beauty bath in these basins.
What is travertine?
Travertine is a type of natural stone, such as marble, limestone and granite.
Travertine is a natural stone which belongs to the larger family of stone called limestone, which is also known as calcium carbonate.
Travertine is a type of limestone that has had additional heat and pressure applied to it by the earth’s crust. It is formed by minerals dissolved in ground water, which are then deposited on the earth’s surface by rivers, natural springs, or geysers.
So by now you know a lot about Travertine and maybe you feel that your new mirror or table is actually something extremely old compared to a single malt whiskey and very valuable. Enjoy!
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