As we all know, Moroccan interior design and architecture is a vibrant and elegant style able to vary depending on each designer’s theme and color scheme preferences. One of the perks of this culturally rich fashion is that it contains endless possibilities in both of these factors, and it’s flexible enough to allow you to play around those gorgeous textiles and textures. And talking about textures, if you’re going Morocco, then you’re probably thinking of the exquisite reds and browns found on quarry tile. Yes, this last material is commonly admired in the most stunning Moroccan and Moorish architecture, and today, we’d like to introduce you to it, as well as to some of its typical uses in both, residential and commercial design. Let’s get in style with the beauty of quarry tile!
What’s Quarry Tile? How is it made?
One of the most common questions we’re usually asked when referring to this type of tile is how those gorgeous muted red, brown and gray tonalities are achieved. Well, basic ceramics describe this process similarly to that of fabricating brick. During its manufacture, a variety of natural materials, such as clay and shale, are utilized; this mixture creates distinctions among different pieces fabricated together, which makes each of these tiles a detailed work of art. Following their manufacture, these tiles are extruded through a die and cut process and put into ovens. After being kilned at high temperatures, the surfaces are commonly left unglazed, providing them with an organic and rustic touch.
Furthermore, the color admired on these surfaces is obtained through the selection of natural materials during their manufacture. If you’re striving for grays and muted beiges, then larger amounts of clay will aid you in achieving this. Nevertheless, if you feel more attracted towards reds and browns, then taking advantage of materials like shale is a better option. This is also useful when attempting to create specific rhythms and patterns throughout surfaces, since these opaque hues are known to work fabulously together in sophisticated color schemes of neutrals with splashes of reds, blues and greens. One of the most popular brands of quarry tile is Daltile, check out the wide variety of colors available at Quality Flooring 4 Less.
Quarry has plenty of advantages when referring to durability and resistance. Because of the natural consistency of their mix of materials for their manufacture, these tiles are meant to receive high amounts of traffic on a daily basis, making them ideal for homes and businesses currently in use. They’re extremely practical in terms of moisture and humidity, being ridiculously absorbent and resistant to spills and slips. This is also due to the extrusion (die and cut) process, which provides users with more density within the tiles. Additionally, although one of the most appealing features about these surfaces is their untreated appearance, you might also choose to seal these tiles after they’re installed (and no, this won’t change the rustic aspect we adore so much).
And…This is how it’s used
To summarize, if you’re looking for durability, then this is the tile for you. Hence, these surfaces are typically seen on floor, wall, and, even counter top surfaces found in commercial and residential interiors and exteriors including–but not limited to–restaurants, patios and walkways, and pools. These surfaces are ideal for indoor and outdoor applications where constancy in wear is always present, making these spaces more susceptible to dirt and accidents. The tiles’ subtle shades are able to hide undesired dust and grime accumulated by the end of each day, and their construction is meant to protect users from slips without the need of any additional sealers.
Residential: Unfortunately, due to the intensity provoked by the uniform opacity in its color, there is such a thing as “too much quarry”. Instead of exploiting its use, cleverly utilize this tile in areas receiving high amounts of traffic on a daily basis, such as your entryway and kitchen. This will allow you to create a fine balance of its use, as well as gorgeous accents throughout your home.
Restaurants: Use these surfaces as accents in spaces striving to possess that Mediterranean feel. Create beautiful contrasts among other materials, like wood, and take advantage of the availability of these tiles in more versatile sizes resembling brick to create uniquely warm and stunning spaces.
Patios: Needless to say, these tiles also make for great outdoor surfaces, and we can promise you that your patio has never looked better. Add some rhythm to your exterior surroundings by playing with shading and tile colocation. This composition portrays how a herringbone pattern on your floor surfaces is able to add some variation and movement to more open spaces that don’t require excessive decor to achieve their main design objective.
Walkways: Get inspired to create a handsomely crafted concept for your outdoor walkways, by selecting contrasting grays and an array of sizes and shapes for balance purposes.
Pools: As it was previously discussed, because of all of the resistance, durability and absorption features already mentioned, this material is IDEAL for pool surroundings, providing efficiency in drying and cleaning, hence, accidents prevention. Also, since outdoor furniture and decor is usually minimal, it allows you to imagine and design exciting concepts on your floor surfaces, serving as amazing focal points at all times.
Other characteristics that might be of interest when thinking about installing these quarry tiles at your home and/or office include a ½” to ¾” thickness–perfect for both, residential and commercial resistance purposes–, and advancements in engineering are now permitting us to incorporate other vibrant colors in addition to those reds, browns and grays already mentioned. Moreover, common sizes offered by brands such as Daltile and American Olean include smaller square dimensions of 6” x 6”, plus a larger 8” x 8”, as well as a more contemporary rectangularly shaped 4” x 8”. This fashion forward statement is in, and it’s time to provide your surroundings with this fabulous Moroccan style, applicable for pretty much any design idea you’re currently dreaming about. It’s time to make your life easier and more fashionable through quarry tile.
So you see some tile that you would like to put around your pool or walkway? Perhaps you see some beautiful quarry tile that you think would go great in a bathroom? If so give us a call at 510-698-5142