Who We Are

We firstly think of ourselves as innovators. We are always looking for a better way, a faster way, and a way that surpasses the expectations of a tile industry.

In 2012, Clay Imports was founded and developed by brothers Zac and Nick Barreiro out of a love for tile, an appreciation for craftsmanship, and a passion for international travel. By building a team of exceptional people and collaborating with artisans from around the world, we offer an authentic selection of handcrafted tiles and home goods consisting of high-quality materials and sustainable designs. To this end, we aim to inspire outstanding spaces through the customizable tile and clay architectural products.

We remain a locally owned and operated small business that strongly supports our communities in Austin, Texas, and Mexico.

VISON


To be nationally and internationally recognized as the tile experts. To streamline, modernize and revolutionize the process through which tile is made, selected, sold and installed.

MISSION


With direct-from-factory shipping, trusted relationships with the factories, a turnkey solution from sales to installation, a team of custom tile designers, a robust online presence, a digital showroom experience and never-before-seen tile rooms across the country, we will connect more people to more tile than heretofore possible. We will do this together, as a remarkable team of passionate tile experts in a socially and environmentally responsible way.

OUR PURPOSE


To change what folks imagine is possible from a tile brand. To create collaborations that go far beyond a backsplash. To connect the customer with artisans and simplify the process of acquiring handmade ceramics. Selling original work benefits both creator and consumer.

WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE

WE ARE A COMPANY OF PEOPLE


The language we speak, the music we listen to and how we solve problems is diverse. However, we share a common passion for tile, a love and curiosity of culture and travel and we always treat our team members and customers with respect.

WE ARE A POC-LED AND OPERATED COMPANY


We are aware that for too many years the people we are sourcing from have been exploited and under represented.
We are actively working towards fostering
trusted collaborations that benefit the artisans and the communities with whom we develop products. All decisions we make are to be aligned with socially and environmentally responsible practices. We want to be leaders of our industry as to how we treat our craftspeople and planet.

WHAT ELSE DO WE DO DIFFERENTLY?
Let us count the ways.

  • We encourage international travel and exchange between our employees, customers and producers.

We have a growing team of custom tile designers so we can offer our own exclusive lines of original products.

We ship directly from the factory. This leaves out the middlemen and leads to shorter transit times.

  • We have deep, long-standing relationships with our production partners. This allows us hands-on involvement during product development and quality control.

We offer more than just tile including a curated selection of handcrafted ceramics, furniture and home goods. We provide personalized service to trade professionals or hospitality representatives for them to curate their own products specifically for their projects.

  • We have a long-term vision of how we will lead our industry. Our vision is one where all tiles, all orders, will be made to order. This reduces a phenomenal amount of waste, while getting customers exactly what they want. We will offer a vast variety of colors, shapes, and patterns. This is a big vision! But, hey, that’s what we do.