The Saltillo Traditional tile is exclusively and responsibly sourced from Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. Clay Imports stocks this handmade tile in Austin, Texas.
What’s the difference between a Saltillo “Traditional” and “Super“?
Contrary to the Saltillo Super tiles, “Traditional” are made with a wood frame instead of a metal mold. This is the original method of making handmade Saltillo tile. The artisans mix the natural clay with water, making it very wet, leading to an almost pourable consistency. Then they place wooden frames on the ground and pat the very wet clay into them by hand. After that, artisans lift the frame and the tiles dry in the sun. And finally, the tiles are fired in the cave kiln.For this reason
For this reason
- Saltillo traditional tiles have squared edges
- Due to the irregular square-edging of a “Traditional”, this tile appears more rustic than the “Super”
- you can grout the “Traditional” with a narrower grout line, than ‘Supers.
Artisans are making Saltillo tiles of clay native to the region. Accordingly, the natural variation of Saltillo tiles includes gold and red tones. You are welcome to specify which colors your prefer. Hence, Clay Imports offer “Select Red” and “Select Gold” options. To move forward, please contact us directly.