Located in north Mexico, Saltillo, the capital of Coahuila, is just a 7-hour drive from Austin, making it a must-see destination for your next weekend getaway.
Want to know something that most people don't?
In addition to Saltillo being the global hub for Saltillo Tile, one of most familiar forms of terracotta in the world, it is also the birthplace of the colorful, handwoven, Mexican textile, known as the Serape. Furthermore, Saltillo has a fascinating historical connection to Texas, once being the capital of The Lonestar State, inspiring citizens from both Austin and Saltillo to solidify the relationship by creating a formal, Sister City partnership. Saltillo is Austin's oldest Sister City, a bond that Clay Imports promotes and celebrates.
Tile made in Saltillo, Mexico
With regards to traditional handmade tile, Saltillo is most notably known for 12" x 12" rustic, terracotta. This material has been produced by Mexican artisans and distributed internationally for decades.
Glazed Thin Brick
Though traditional Saltillo Tile has certainly been a reliable staple in the design world for years, Clay Imports, in collaboration with our Mexican partners, wanted to know, what is Saltillo Tile capable of being? This question has led Clay Imports to spearhead the development of Saltillo Tile into the world of designer shapes and color glazing. We are now able to apply a curated selection of ecologically sustainable glaze colors to the traditional, textured clay body. This process has resulted in one of the most beautiful products we have ever offered. We are pleased to introduce you to Glazed Thin Brick by Saltillo. This tile is not only beautiful and environmentally thoughtful, it contributes towards positive, international relationship building, designed in Austin, Hecho en Mexico. Thank you, Sister City. Muchas gracias, Saltillo.
Want to learn more about Glazed Thin Brick by Saltillo? Check out TheTilePress for a collection of beautiful production process pictures. The very talented Chase Daniel recently visited Saltillo with our Tile Scout. Together, they ventured the mountains of Coahuila, walked the streets of Saltillo and toured historic tile factories.
The making of Saltillo Tile is pure craftsmanship born out of centuries of handcrafting native clay. Unglazed Saltillo Tiles are characterized by gold and red tones which enhance a pure, natural, and handmade look.
Celebrate Sister Cities!
We invite you to participate in the inauguration of #Saltillo Day 2017 in Austin, hosted by the City of Austin, Consulado General de México en Austin and Austin Sister Cities International ASCI.
Se les invita cordialmente a participar en el primer #SaltilloDay 2017 en Austin, organizado por el gobierno de la ciudad de Austin, Texas, el Consulado General de México en Austin y Ciudades Hermanas Internacional.
:::SATURDAY // SABADO:::
April 8 // 8 de Abril
1pm - 4pm
Outdoor Festival/Festival al Aire Libre
Live Music/Música en Vivo
Culinary Exhibition/Exhibicion Gastronómica
Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact the President of the Austin-Saltillo Sister Cities Association firstname.lastname@example.org, 512-653-4792. Gracias!
Join the Facebook Event for updates!
This article was first published in our newsletter. Sign up today and stay tuned about more tile talk.