What are the paw prints on Mexican Saltillo tile?
Are they real or fake? How can you find more Saltillo tile paw prints? What do they mean?
These are all common questions we hear at Rustico Tile and Stone. First, I must clarify one very important thing: The paw prints are only real IF your Saltillo tile is authentic and handmade from the clay found in riverbeds in Coahuila, Mexico. If your Mexican tile is, in fact, “real”… then your paw prints are most likely real as well.
⇒ Learn more about the authenticity of this Mexican tile by reading our Ultimate Guide to Saltillo Tile.
By real, we mean that the paw prints come from live animals. Any producer who just stamps the clay with fabricated paw prints is taking away the good fortune of authentic rustic charm. And, superstitious people consider the presence of these trademarks to be good luck. Consider placing your Saltillo tile paw prints in entryways or kitchens to spark up a fun conversation!
So what creatures do these prints belong to? The most common animals roaming the grounds where Saltillo tiles are made include (but are not limited to): coyotes, dogs, cats, pigs, chickens, birds, and even wolves in rare circumstances. Dog and coyote paw prints are the most common. One of our customers found a single Saltillo tile with a dog and a cat paw print. What a treat!
Want to know more paw-tastic facts? Check out our Saltillo Tile FAQs!
The Saltillo tile paw prints occur during the manufacturing process. When the wet clay tiles are laid in wide-open spaces where they semi-dry in the sun, critters roam around at night and leave their marks. Once the tiles are dry enough to move to a kiln, they are removed from the ground and kiln-fired in order to fully harden.
Here at Rustico Tile & Stone, we like to believe that these paw prints are an added blessing to any home or business.
Not only do the paw prints show up in Mexican Saltillo tile, but check out the hundreds of year-old terracotta tile paw prints found on Florence’s medieval cathedral roof.
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