Quarry, Quarry, Quarry
Posted on March 6, 2017
Historically renowned for their use in kitchens, utilities and hallways – quarry tiles are an ideal choice for both period and modern properties aiming to capture a sense of authenticity. These tiles have been popular for many years, all thanks to their low maintenance and hardwearing nature. They are instantly recognisable, due to their deep and distinctive earthy red tones.
Quarry tiles were developed during the nineteenth century and the manufacturing process involves firing a mixture of clays, at an extremely high temperature. This process makes the tiles very robust and means that they are less porous than other materials. As a result, they are usually frost-resistant, making them ideal for outdoor use – ideal for emanating rustic charm both inside and out.
Victorian kitchens often had floors made from quarry tiles in plain, unglazed red clay. Today, the appeal of these tiles lies in their rustic and unpretentious past. Hardwearing and durable – they add warmth, colour and character without overpowering an interior. The way in which quarry tiles are manufactured offers testament to their density and therefore suitability to high usage areas of the home.
Often used in industrial settings and with their origins in the brick-making industry, they can also be found in traditional style settings – from country cottages and farmhouse kitchens to the warm terraces and white painted houses of Mediterranean architecture. They are extremely versatile meaning they can be installed on walls, floors and even fireplaces - which was a popular attribute in the Victorian era.
Typically, the bottom side of a quarry tile is ridged to encourage adhesion. The surface of the tile has a coarse surface because it is not glazed; this surface encourages traction, which can be very useful in a whole number of environments. They are generally square in shape and are 6 inches across, with the optional complimentary choice of round edge tiles to complete the look.
Even though quarry tiles are a very durable type of stone, they are porous – therefore we recommend that they are sealed to avoid dirt, stains and water damage. For effective protection, we recommend using FILA W68. This product will ensure that your tiles continue to look stunning for years to come.