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Why We Love Mexican Tile (And You Should, Too!)

You could say that we’re a ‘little’ passionate about why we LOVE Mexican tile. Okay, maybe we verge toward obsessing over it. But hey – We have a good reason for our infatuation. The tile options are endless, prices are low, and Mexican tile is beautiful! Below are a few reasons why you should LOVE Mexican tile too!

mexican tile

Mexican Tile Has Endless Design Options. We love Mexican tile because the options really never cease.  I’ll start with Saltillo Tile.  This type of terracotta tile is handmade from Saltillo, Coahuila riverbed clay. It comes in dozens of shapes, sizes and colors.  If you’re looking for floor tile to effectuate Spanish flare, Mediterranean ambiance, or Southwestern flavor in your home, then check out our Saltillo Tile options.

spanish floor tile

Adorning a space with Cement Tile is another reason why we love Mexican tile. As a throwback to older Encaustic tiles, these decorative tiles have come light years in quality, design, and customization capabilities.  Cement tile is an ideal choice for adding color to your project space.  Some popular trends call for cement tiles on kitchen floors and backsplashes, bathrooms, and wall coverings. To get it quick for a great price, consider our in-stock MeaLu Collection designs.  If you’re looking for specific colors and design styles, check out the myriad of options in our Traditional Collection.  Each of these cement tile designs can be fully customized for your space.  There are quite literally hundreds of options!

cantera stone tile

Cantera Stone tile is another reason why we love Mexican tile.  Cantera stone comes from quarries in Mexico.  Similar to limestone, Cantera stone originates from quarries in Mexico and comes in a variety of colors.  Outdoor spaces like courtyards, patios and pool decking offer ideal settings for using Cantera stone tile.  When installed properly, Mexican Cantera stone tile will withstand nearly any climate.  Pair your cantera stone tile with a complimentary pool coping, columns, or an outdoor fireplace for a finished look!

cantera stone tile
Recinto Cantera tile and pool coping with Antique Saltillo

Mexican Tile is Easy to Maintain.  As the industry-leading experts in Mexican tile, we know how to make sure your tile is easy to maintain and headache free. It’s starts with installation.   You may have the best recipe in the world for a double fudge chocolate chip cookie, but if quality ingredients and a proper sequence isn’t followed, your cookies will turn out dry, flat and tasteless every time.

We sell proper Mexican tile installation materials for all of our product lines. Once we talk through your sub-floor, we can guide you on proper thinset for your Mexican tile of choice.  We’ll also talk through the ins and outs of using a crack prevention membrane, and whether you need a waterproofing membrane. Our product specialists will point you in the right direction for grout as well. Lastly, we hone in on topcoat sealer for your Mexican tile. With quality topcoat sealer, you’ll eliminate a significant amount of ongoing maintenance throughout the years.  An investment in quality sealer can save hundreds of dollars in the long-run.  If you’re buying your Mexican tile from us, then trust us to guide you with the right installation materials.  It’s in our best interest that you love Mexican tile too.

mexican tile stone surround

Mexican Tile Adds Value to Your Home.  If you haven’t already received a price quote for your Saltillo flooring, Cement tile, or Cantera stone, don’t delay.  We are THE low cost leader for Mexican tile, and we ship worldwide.  Still not convinced? Get a Quote!  Fill out this short form and we’ll send back a price estimate within 1 business day.  (We take phone calls too, of course (512) 260-9111.)  By purchasing Mexican tile at our wholesale prices, you leverage the value of handcrafted material and add significant value to your home.

Manganese Mexican Saltillo Tile

Manganese Mexican Saltillo Tile


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Saltillo Riverbed Clay – Before it’s tile!
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Hand-making Mexican Tiles

It’s from Mexico!  Yes, we love Mexican tile because it’s from Mexico.  Forgive me for some lovey-dovey stuff here.  Over the years, we’ve gleaned a wide range of relationships with artisans in Mexico who produce, carve, create, and ship our truckloads of tile.  These are real people. They work hard. They love hard.  They care about what they create.  We LOVE them!  Our small Texas staff represents hundreds of people in Mexico who are devoted to helping you create a beautiful space in your home or business.  Don’t forget about the hands behind the tile. These are talented, wonderful people, and we’re humbled to work with them day in and day out.  (I’m on a roll – who needs a HUG?)

love mexican tile
Authentic Mexican Saltillo Tile

I hope you have a better understand for why we love Mexican tile. It’s in our blood, sweat, tears, and homes.  If you’re looking for Mexican tile to love, contact us today.

Until then… Make Every Space Count!


Spanish Floor Tile

Are you exploring Spanish floor tile for your new home or DIY remodel?  If you’re not already, allow me the space to suggest why you should! Improve your design style from dull, fatuous, and monochromatic to eye-popping, intriguing, and melodramatic with just the right tile choice.

Traditional Saltillo Tile
Traditional Saltillo Tile

It starts with color, shape, and size.  Rustico Tile and Stone offers Spanish floor tile in a vast selection of shapes and sizes – all of which come in 3 different finishes.  Tried and true lends itself to our standard 12×12-inch square tile.  Not only is it our best value per square foot Spanish floor tile, but it’s also easy to install.  Other options to consider include: Hexagon, Octagon with decorative inserts, our popular Riviera pattern, Rectangles, and more.  There is a shape for every design style.  Each of these shapes come in sizes as small as 4×4-inches to 24×24-inches.  Warning: Don’t get lost in the options of Spanish floor tile shapes and sizes.  Keep your eye on the prize!

Manganese Mexican Saltillo Tile
Manganese Mexican Saltillo Tile
antique saltillo tile
Antique Saltillo Tile

Once you’ve considered shapes, it’s time to focus on colors.  Any tile that you choose is available in Traditional, Manganese, or Antique finishes.  Traditional saltillo Spanish floor tile is a blend of terra cotta shades of color.  Manganese saltillo tiles span light to dark browns with some terra cotta shades that bleed through to the surface of the tile.  Antique saltillo Spanish floor tile offers a unique blend of old-world terra cotta shades of color.  With added texture on Antique saltillo, these Spanish floor tiles are reminiscent of centuries-old, reclaimed terracotta tiles.

12x12 Traditional Saltillo Tile

Bathrooms and Kitchens are ideal spaces where Spanish floor tile should be used to make a statement of your style! A square tile like this 12×12 Traditional Saltillo is budget-friendly and versatile in design.  This hill country kitchen features it paired beautifully with a hand-carved Cantera stone hood and Copper decorative inserts.

mexican tile floor and decorCozy up in this living room with the warm tones of 12×12 Manganese Hexagon floor tile. We love how this flooring choice marries well with the decorative Cement tile stair risers and Manganese Coping stair treads. The unique blend of colors and decorative patterns bring an exciting sense of style that your friends will envy!

outdoor saltillo tileDon’t be scared to take your Spanish floor tile to the great outdoors.  Our Antique Saltillo flooring is a prime choice for outdoor living.  Its textured surface creates a natural nonslip floor space.  Maintenance is made even easier with the application of our TerraNano Spanish floor tile sealer.

Like I said before… you have a plethora of choices when it comes to selecting Spanish floor tile for your project.  If you don’t know what’s right for you, call us! We’ve seen a lot of floors and we have a lot of opinions! (We are an office with a majority of women so we come by our many opinions naturally, of course!)  Contact us today to Get a Quote.  Make Every Space Count!

What’s Up with Concrete Tile Flooring?

Posted on March 21, 2017 by Melanie

Blogroll, Cement Tile, Interior Design, Mexican Tile

So what IS the deal with concrete tile flooring? Why are people going bananas with getting the latest trend for their kitchens, baths, and laundry rooms? I speak to concrete tile flooring shoppers everyday.  Let me tell you what they are saying about their fascination with this great floor covering!

Cement Tile for Bathrooms - durable and timeless.
Cement Tile for Bathrooms – durable and timeless.

Reason #1 – Beauty. It really comes down to the fact that decorative concrete tile flooring is beautiful.  Really beautiful.  These tiles produce floors that are a throwback to centuries-old encaustic style floors found throughout Europe and beyond. The manufacturing of concrete tile flooring has progressed leaps and bounds over recent decades. Manufacturers jump at the change to create custom floor designs based on precise colors selected by homeowners.

The beauty of customizing concrete tile flooring is simple.
1. Pick a design.
2. Select your colors.
3. Rustico Tile and Stone makes it for you – exactly to your specification.

philadelphia cement tile
Customized RTS18 Philadelphia Concrete Tile

Our customer in London, United Kingdom selected this Philadelphia design and the 5 colors depicted here.  Sure, we may have offered some advice on the color selection but London gets the credit for this design.  It’s been such a hit that we now offer it as a normal part of our In-Stock designs in the MeaLu Collection for a great price!

Reason #2 – It’s Decorative.  While some people install solid color concrete tile flooring, most people couple the functionality of this tile with its decorative attributes.  Flooring is artwork, after all.  Interior designers love to coordinate surrounding decor around the colors displayed in concrete tiles.  Got a busy concrete tile design?  Pair it with simpler, clean lines of surrounding decor.  Got a busy room of decor?  Pair it with simple designs of concrete tile flooring.  The decorative nature of concrete tiles works for you!


concrete floor tile

Reason #3 – It’s easy to maintain.  Concrete tile flooring needs to be sealed with quality floor sealer after it’s installed.  We’re a fan of TerraNano sealer as the topical sealer.  It’s long-lasting.  It adds a coat of abrasion resistance, UV protection and is great for sealing your grout lines.  The end result for you is a concrete floor that requires little-to-no maintenance for many years.

concrete tile flooring

Reason #4 – It’s timeless.  Concrete tile flooring has been around for centuries known as encaustic tile.  By definition, encaustic tile was traditionally made from colored clay. Since clay wears down over use and foot traffic, the tiles have morphed to be made from concrete and pigmented cement.  So the industry has taken a older encaustic tile and made it better!  Concrete tile flooring is a timeless work of art making huge strides in commercial and residential spaces alike.

If you’re not sure what concrete tile flooring option is right for you, contact one of our specialists today.  Rustico Tile and Stone is a leader in the concrete tile industry.  We offer low wholesale prices and ship worldwide.  Get a Quote today for your next project!

Saltillo Tile in Texas

Are you looking for Saltillo Tile in Texas?  Look no further!  We’re a Texas-based company leading the charge of distribution for authentic, handmade Mexican saltillo tile.

saltillo tile in texas

Howdy! We’re Rustico Tile and Stone.  It’s nice to “meet” y’all!  Located just outside of Austin, we ship the majority of saltillo tile in Texas.  While we also ship to other corners of the earth, there are many reasons why our fellow Texans keep us busy around our beloved state.

We have the lowest prices.  It’s really that simple.  As the largest manufacturer for authentic saltillo tile in Mexico, we pass through an extremely low wholesale price to all of our customers for saltillo tile in Texas.  When that low price is paired with steeply discounted shipping rates, the result is an unbeatable delivered value.  Think I’m pulling your leg?  Try us out and Get a Quote for your project requiring saltillo tile in Texas.

fleur de lis mexican tile

We have the best quality and variety.  Don’t mistake our low prices for marginal quality.  We, at Rustico Tile and Stone, feel passionately about the quality of our saltillo tile in Texas.  Hands down, we produce the best quality saltillo tile on the market.  99% of our customers buy presealed saltillo tile which has 5 coats of penetrating sealer applied.  This means it’s ready-to-install when it reaches your project space.  Install the tile, clean up the floor and apply 1 final topcoat sealer for your finish.  Done.

hexagon saltillo tile

This goes for any of our shapes, sizes, and finishes.  We carry a product line full of variety with saltillo tile in Texas.  Shapes and patterns include: square, rectangular, hexagon tiles, octagon tile pattern, arabesque, fleur de lis, and our decorative Riviera pattern.  Within our patterns are a number of size options and color finishes.  Consider Traditional saltillo tile for Mexican hacienda and southwestern decor styles.  Manganese saltillo tile offers neutral and brown tones that are ideal for contemporary and Mediterranean styles.  And check out Antique saltillo for an old-world textured tile that is reminiscent of reclaimed terracotta.  Regardless of your home interior style, there is a saltillo tile in Texas for you.

riviera pattern saltillo tile

We ship all over Texas and beyond.  A large amount of our tile gets shipped outside the borders of the lone star state.  But there are some booming areas locally for saltillo tile in Texas.  For example, you can find saltillo tile in Houston in ample amounts.  We ship saltillo tile to Houston weekly.  Saltillo tile in Dallas is another hot spot for our materials.  West Texas isn’t forgotten with shipments of saltillo tile to Midland and Odessa on a regular basis.  This Mexican tile flooring is a great option for ranches out west!  Customers can pick up saltillo tile at our facility in the Rio Grande Valley.  And of course – we welcome buyers of saltillo tile in Austin, our stomping grounds!

Antique Riviera Bathroom Saltillo Tile
Antique Riviera Bathroom Saltillo Tile

Don’t panic if you’re not in Texas.  Our shipping rates are tough be beat.  If you want to buy beautiful Mexican saltillo tile from Texas, we will ship it!  Contact one of our Mexican tile specialists today for pricing, interior design tips, or for general questions.

Cantera Stone Fireplaces are Smoking Hot

Posted on January 19, 2017 by Melanie

Blogroll, Cantera Stone, Interior Design

Get with this timeless trend – Old is New Again when it comes to Cantera Stone Fireplaces!  If you have an appreciate for design styles of old-world, Spanish Colonial, or Southwestern, then you can’t overlook the grace (and affordability!) of a Cantera Stone Fireplace.

Spanish Cantera Fireplace
Pinon Cantera with Antique Stain Finish

Whether you’re remodeling or building a new home, use these pointers to guide you toward making the best decision for your new stone fireplace.

Step 1: Determine the size of the fireplace surround for your hand-crafted feature.  The opening of your fireplace should be about as wide as it is tall.  The depth of the surround needs to scale to the size of your room.  If you have a grand room with high ceilings or an outdoor living area, go BIG!  If you have a smaller space, leave your ego at the door and size down.  Does size really matter after-all?  (No comment.)

living room cantera fireplace
Cantera Fireplace Floor to Ceiling Feature


Step 2:  Select the style and design of your fireplace.  This is a personal decision and one that you have to live with so choose carefully.  Since Cantera Stone fireplace are hand-carved, your options are truly endless.  We regularly receive photos from our customers of fireplaces they’ve seen elsewhere. Duplicating these has never been a problem and we’ve yet to see a design that couldn’t be reproduced.  Test us out on this theory! Send us your dream design or select from one already on our website.

cantera stone fire place
Cantera Stone Fireplace and Columns

Most typical Cantera Stone fireplaces are suited well for a variety of architectural styles including Mediterranean, Spanish Colonial, Southwest, as well as Farms, Cabins or Ranches.  Your fireplace surround is as simple or intricate as you like. Since an indoor or outdoor fireplace generally serves as a gather place for family and friends, we encourage our customers to stretch their comfort zones with carving details.  The uniqueness of your Cantera Stone fireplace will be a talking point at your social gatherings for years to come.  Embellish with the artistry of hand-carved details.

Cantera Stone fireplaces are built on site.  A good mason will work with the ‘puzzle pieces’ of stone to create the overall surround.  Any basic modifications to size and shape can often be made on site by your mason.

cantera colors
Select from over 17 Colors of Cantera Stone

Step 3: Select your Cantera Stone color. Think deeply about your color of choice.  Cantera comes in many colors so you have a lot of wiggle room to finish out your room furnishings.  For a bold statement, consider Tobacco Brown Cantera.  Lighten up the surrounding space with neutral tone walls and flooring. Pair the dark color of stone with mahogany and walnut leather couches along with an over-sized ottoman.

tobacco brown cantera fireplace

As an alternative, consider the common Pinon color of Cantera.  Pinon is a neutral tone stone with unique color speckles throughout.  You can accentuate the colors of the speckles with coordinating furniture and artwork.

pinon cantera fire place
Pinon Cantera Stone Fireplace

Maybe your converting an existing fireplace or working with an architect on new home design.  No matter what, consider incorporating a Cantera Stone fireplace. Contact us so we can talk you through the options.  You’ll be amazed at the affordability of these hand-carved features.  We ship worldwide.  

Til next time… Make Every Space Count!