French Pattern – Roman Travertine

March 19, 2021

The Opus Romano (French Pattern) – a classic cladding or flooring scheme.

An aesthetic code, declined in different variations, which originates directly from ancient Rome. The floors and walls in Roman Travertine have always struck for the sober beauty and elegance that they are able to offer at first glance.

Opus is a Latin word that means “work”, and indicates in this particular context the technique that was used to assemble the “tesserae” of Roman Travertine in order to make the arrangement in the space homogeneous and logical. An ancient codification of marble installation that is still used today.

Used for both indoor and outdoor flooring and cladding, Travertine Romano adapts perfectly to the techniques of Opus Romano, or French Pattern, also thanks to the skilful workmanship that our technicians have learned after almost 100 years of travertine manufacturing history.

These are some of the classic schemes used for example for marble flooring or cladding:

Suitable for both floors and walls, both indoors and outdoors, Roman Travertine is famous because of its water resistance. This is the reason why many fountains in the center of Rome are designed in Roman Travertine, such as the famous Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona.

These are two typical options of sizes to create a perfect Roman Opus with Poggi Roman Travertine.

These formats are generally processed using “cross cut” travertine with warm tones.

The difference in the processing of Roman Travertine in “Vein Cut” or “Cross Cut” depends on the type of cut that is carried out from the quarried block. When Travertine is processed in “cross cut”, the cut is horizontal with respect to the quarry’s bench, generally giving a nuanced appearance. Contrarily, when Travertine is processed in “vein cut” it portrays natural veins.

Cross Cut Roman Travertine

cross cut roman travertine

Vein Cut Roman Travertine

An example of Opus Romano with a shade of “walnut” color in cross cut in illustrated in figure 1 below. In this case, the stone is processed in “Tumbled Finish”: a treatment of marble with a highly specialized machine that through the piercing of water and some abrasive elements gives the resulting tiles an opaque appearance and rounded finishes. In this case the joints, or the space between one Roman Travertine tile and the other, are usually 3 millimeters and are filled with natural cement to highlight the tiles finish .

Variations can be added to the classic Opus Romano (French Pattern) with Roman Travertine, as in the case of figure 2 below in which figures have been composed with different Travertine shades. Here, both cross cut and the vein cut processing were used.

More rarely, light colors of Roman travertine are used for these patterns, even if the effect is of great impact, as in figure 3:

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