With Vein Cut stone they cut against the bedding so the plane is revealed. This gives the stone the amazing linear pattern.
Cross Cut (also called Fleuri Cut) is cut along the bedding plane. This cut reveals a "flowery", sometimes circular pattern. Most travertines on the market, especially in tile, are Cross Cut.
Here are some examples of Vein Cut Travertine...
|Vein Cut Silver Travertine. Photo: Counter Culture.|
|Photo: Alaturca Natural Stones|
|Photo: Kitchen Clarity|
|Photo: Andean Stone Company|
|Mexican Noce travertine. Photo: MGS by Design.|