To closeout what’s been an extremely busy 2016, I’m turning the spotlight onto Rustico Tile’s Mexican Tiles of the Year!  Spanning many areas of the globe, Mexican tiles beautifully adorn simple and often overlooked spaces.

Manganese Mexican Saltillo Tile

Manganese Mexican Saltillo Tile

Manganese Riviera Saltillo Tile

Manganese Riviera Saltillo Tile

Up first is a strong winner year after year – Manganese Riviera Saltillo.  This 2-tile design is made up of our San Felipe and Fleur de Lis shapes.  Riviera Mexican tiles bring a level of sophistication to an otherwise rustic-style floor.  Our Manganese finish boasts of colors in neutral tones – light and dark brown, gray, and terracotta shades.

manganese hexagon mexican tile

Another popular Manganese choice in our Mexican tiles lineup this year is Hexagon saltillo.  Our customers love that the Hexagon saltillo shape tile is a great value for a decorative design.  And since it’s a 1-tile pattern, installers love it for an easy installation process.  Hexagon Mexican tiles come in standard sizes of 8×8 and 12×12, though we also offer custom sizes for volume orders.

Manganese Hexagon Mexican Tile

In this Texas venue, our customers paired a smaller hexagon on the bar backsplash with a 12×12 Hexagon for flooring.  The winding stair case is finished with stair coping saltillo tiles and encaustic-style cement tiles.

philadelphia encaustic tile

Cement tiles rang loud and clear at Rustico this year.  Of all of our Mexican tiles, the MeaLu Collection was created to capture some of the most popular designs in the market.  Hands down, RTS18 Philadelphia has been our most highly sought after cement design.

This Victorian style design has been used in indoor and outdoor locations worldwide.  Philadelphia lends well for old-world styles of decor.  It can also be modernized with the use of metallics and clean lines as you see in this bathroom application.


Circulos GW is another cement tile design that’s been tough to keep in stock at our warehouse.  This simple geometric pattern has been featured on multiple home improvement shows which has spurred it’s popularity.

cantera pool coping

Pinon cantera tile and Tobacco Brown cantera coping

Last but not least, Cantera stone fell into the Mexican tiles report for 2016.  While Cantera is typically used as architectural features (stone fireplaces, columns, and hoods), these Mexican tiles are an ideal material to be used around pools.  The stone tile offers a non-slip surface, easy maintenance, and comes in a variety of colors.

It’s a reflective process here at Rustico as we look back at a given year.  From one season of our business to the next, popularity of Mexican tiles changes.  But one thing remains the same – We have great products that ship worldwide, amazing prices, and our staff is here to walk with you each step of the way.  If you’re shopping for Mexican tiles and need some advice, just contact us (in 2017)!


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