Tile 101 : Dhanis Red Terracotta

A more predictable and consistent terracotta tile for perfectionists

By Clay Imports

Terracotta tiles are more appreciated than ever, but the high natural variation from the handmade process isn't for everyone. Luckily, we have refined the terracotta production process to provide you with a predictable, reliable and beautiful product: Meet D'hanis Red Terracotta tile!

D'hanis Red Terracotta – How It's Made | Tile 101 by Clay ImportsIn this 'How It's Made' video, we'll show you the process of creating the Texas classic D'hanis red terracotta tile

What Is An Original D'hanis Tile?

D'hanis Red Terracotta tiles are inspired by one of our favorite terracotta tiles that were produced in D’hanis, Texas for over a century. Original D'hanis tiles were commonly used throughout the 1960s but are no longer in production.

What Is Clay Imports D'hanis Red Terracotta?

Like the original D'hanis tile, Clay Imports D'hanis Red Terracotta tiles are made of natural red clay and measure 11-⅜ inches by 11-⅜ inches. Many Texas residents with historic homes choose Clay Imports’ D'hanis Red Terracotta tiles as replacements in place of the original D'hanis tile.

Designers and architects took note and are now specifying Clay Imports’ D'hanis Red Terracotta tiles to achieve a Mid-century modern aesthetic. If you are in the market for terracotta tiles with minimal color variation, this tile might be for you!

The Look

Dark red, and consistent, D'hanis Red Terracotta is the tile for lovers of mid-century modern design. They are also a great alternative to the popular Saltillo tile, but without the high color, texture and size variation. We love contemporary D'hanis installations, such as the Sweet Greens Restaurant in Austin.

D'hanis terracotta tiles in a comercial dinning room

D'hanis is known for its color and sheen consistency, but they can exhibit natural variations, which are inherent traits of natural materials like Terracotta. These variations in color, texture and sheen are not defects but rather a natural part of the product. We highly recommend ordering samples before making a final purchase to confirm and appreciate these natural variations in each tile.

What’s the difference between D'hanis Red Terracotta tile and Saltillo Tile?

Generally though, they are more refined than Saltillo tiles. They are flatter, smoother and less varied in color and sheen. D'hanis Red Terracotta tiles have ridged edges and corners that are minimally tumbled to reduce chipping. Saltillo tiles are going to be more varied in color and size. Saltillo tiles will have a prominent texture and more surface irregularities, no matter what.

In short, if you want a more organic, natural looking Terracotta, go with Saltillo. If you prefer a more predictable tile with less character, go with D'hanis Red Terracotta tile.

Can I use D'hanis Red Terracotta tiles on a floor?

Yes, this is what they are made for! D'hanis Red Terracotta tiles are great for floors. Ideal for indoor applications, you can also use them in covered outdoor areas and even on wall applications. Take a look at our installation guide so you can learn how to install Red D'hanis tiles.

Are D’hanis Red Terracotta tiles easy to maintain?

They are! It’s very easy to care for D'hanis Red Terracotta tiles. Just regular clean with non-acidic, conventional floor cleaners. However, keep in mind that D'hanis Red Terracotta tiles are sealed for durability and protection from moisture, but they are NOT glazed. This means that, much like a natural wood floor, they will change in color and sheen over the years and will eventually need to be re-sealed.

We recommend taking a look at our Clay Care products. These maintenance items have been carefully tested with our products, and they are designed to preserve your tiles' beauty, ensuring their longevity and durability. From sealers to cleaners, purchasing these maintenance items together with your tiles not only simplifies your order but also prepares you to enjoy your tiles for a long time.

Where can I use D'hanis Red Terracotta tiles?

D'hanis Red Terracotta tiles are ideal for floor and decorative walls in just about any area that is not exposed to regular moisture or freezing.

Why is D'hanis Red Terracotta tile more expensive than Red Select Saltillo?

The production process for D'hanis Red Terracotta tiles is more complicated than the production process for Saltillo tiles. Though Red Select Saltillo will be very similar in color to D'hanis Terracotta tile, the sheen, texture, and size are all going to be different. Saltillo tiles will have a more distressed texture, will vary more in size and thickness and will be significantly glossier than D'hanis Terracotta tiles.

And remember, if you have any questions or require more information, don't hesitate to reach out to us at contact@clayimports.com