Quarry Unglazed

Unglazed Unflashed

Unglazed Unflashed Quarry Pavers are the most uniform group of unglazed tiles and are characterized by solid colors ranging from light to dark. Offering the largest variety of shapes and designs available in the marketplace of unglazed quarry tile. Seneca’s unglazed ceramic tiles are colored by the natural mineral deposits from where the clay was originally taken, these tiles offer an earthy aesthetic quality that ages beautifully.

Beehive Collection – Unglazed Flashed: Ironspot • Flashed Only • Flashed Blend

Seneca Tiles’ unique practice of “flashing” our turn-of-the century beehive kilns creates a rich and varied tile coloration that cannot be duplicated by modern kilns. The unique “heart” shadings and natural ironspots are the result of soaking in this long, slow process that resurrects the traditional method of “handcrafted, intrinsically interesting tiles that express the warmth of the human hand.”

This brick beehive kiln will hold approximately 15,000 square feet of tile.

Our current long lead time estimates result from the fact that it can take 2-3 weeks to load a kiln, 1 week to fire, 1 week to cool down, and 2 weeks to unload and package the tile. We know this is often difficult to work with, and we thank you for your patience.

We make every effort to control the process but in the end, nature is ultimately the force in control and responsible for the beauty of this tile.

Flashed Blend

After firing, the tile is separated by hand depending on visual characteristics, into either Flashed Only or Ironspot ranges.

Flashed Only and Ironspot are sold separately ~ or customers may order Flashed Blend which is the combination of both Ironspot AND Flashed Only.

Please note – If your order needs to be manufactured, and is not in stock, this long, slow, firing process may take anywhere from 6 to 16 weeks for delivery. Not every flashing is exactly the same which accounts for the beautiful variation.

Our natural process dictates the number of tiles that turn out to be ironspot and how many turn out to be flashed only. We make every effort to control the process but in the end, nature is ultimately the force in control and responsible for the beauty of this tile. 


In Ironspot tiles, naturally occurring iron in the clay comes to the surface during flashing and forms distinctive flecks which creates a beautiful range of textures.

Flashed Only

Flashed Only ceramic tiles display a warm, rich, variegations from the center of each tile, outward, form a darker frame, sometimes referred to as a “heart”.

MAINTENANCE: Regular cleaning is easy. Just sweep regularly and damp mop as necessary, using warm water and a neutral cleaner. To clean stubborn spots or grout joints use a stiff natural bristle brush.

ORDERING: Most tile is shipped in cartons containing 10 square feet. Trim & decorative tiles are sold per piece. See sales representative for details. For environmental impact information, contact Seneca Tiles.

AVAILABLE: Considerable inventories are maintained allowing timely deliveries, however due to the broad offering of shapes and sizes, some orders may have to be made. Call for specifics.

INSTALLATION: Refer to the Tile Council of North America’s publication, Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation, and follow instructions for your specific type of application. Seneca Quarry Pavers confirm to ANSI 137.1 as Special Purpose Tile.

• Made in such a way as to assure their originality
• Designed to use a 1/4” to 3/8” grout joint, larger sizes and mixed colors may use a larger grout joint
• Abrasive finish is available for Glazed tiles for additional slip and/or wear resistance
• Test data available upon request
• May exhibit variation from samples and within a shipped lot – variations include, but not limited to size, color texture and shading

3”x 3”, 2¼” x 8” and smaller sizes are not available in flashed only in large quantities. 6” x 12”, 12” sizes are not available in ironspot only in larger quantities. Please consult factory for further information.


Photo color may vary depending on your device. We recommend requesting color samples from your Seneca Tile distributor.