Definition of quarry tile in English:

quarry tile

noun

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

    • ‘Also off the kitchen is a bright conservatory which has a floor of quarry tiles, and French doors out to the back garden.’
    • ‘The quarry tiles on the floor and the face brick pillars are a fine background for the ‘country kitchen’ effect.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Roof slates were imported from Cumbria, with either oak or Spanish quarry tiles used for flooring.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Two steps lead down to the kitchen, a bright room floored in quarry tiles and with polished wood presses providing plenty of storage.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘There's an exceptionally warm, relaxed and convivial atmosphere here, with comfy sofas on rugged quarry tiles and a log-burning stove.’
    • ‘Despite their name, quarry tiles are made from a mixture of natural ingredients including clay and shale.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A reception porch with terracotta quarry tiles leads to an open plan sitting cum dining room with vaulted ceiling.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Early 20th century from quarry + tile.