Definition of quarry tile in English:

quarry tile

noun

  • An unglazed floor tile, typically of a reddish-brown colour.

    • ‘At the back of the hall, the kitchen has quarry tiles on the floor, hand-crafted oak units, granite worktops, a tiled splashback and a double Belfast sink unit.’
    • ‘There's an exceptionally warm, relaxed and convivial atmosphere here, with comfy sofas on rugged quarry tiles and a log-burning stove.’
    • ‘The quarry tiles on the floor and the face brick pillars are a fine background for the ‘country kitchen’ effect.’
    • ‘Also off the kitchen is a bright conservatory which has a floor of quarry tiles, and French doors out to the back garden.’
    • ‘She held on to the old, quarry tiles that now grace her sitting room; she restored the original, cast-iron fireplaces in the bedrooms and she re-introduced tongue-and-groove wainscotting to enhance the ‘cottagey ‘feel.’’
    • ‘Two steps lead down to the kitchen, a bright room floored in quarry tiles and with polished wood presses providing plenty of storage.’
    • ‘Roof slates were imported from Cumbria, with either oak or Spanish quarry tiles used for flooring.’
    • ‘To continue with the natural feel of this scheme, the floors in a country kitchen would generally be tiled in natural stone, either slate or quarry tiles.’
    • ‘Skylights were installed; the walls were painted white; the heavy quarry tiles were removed and replaced with a hardwood floor, once part of a now demolished schoolhouse and discovered by Linda on a trip to New Orleans.’
    • ‘The cooking area is floored with red quarry tiles and the eating area with polished timber - this section of the room can accommodate a table for four to six, and includes an attractive cast-iron fireplace.’
    • ‘The most compelling feature of the Metro is the coffered ceilings (made of granite, red quarry tiles, concrete, glass and bronze) in all the stations.’
    • ‘A reception porch with terracotta quarry tiles leads to an open plan sitting cum dining room with vaulted ceiling.’
    • ‘Despite their name, quarry tiles are made from a mixture of natural ingredients including clay and shale.’

Origin

Early 20th century: from quarry + tile.