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Saltillo Tile: A Guide to Mexican Style Flooring

Experience the rustic charm of Saltillo Mexican tile flooring. Transform your space with our handcrafted terracotta designs to fit any space and budget. We ship this durable clay tile flooring worldwide. 

We provide all the information you need about Saltillo floor tile, from the step-by-step process of installing them to any FAQs you may have.

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Pick A Pattern

Get creative. Shop for dozens of Terracotta Saltillo shapes and sizes for sale. And we make custom tiles and patterns, too!
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Pick a Saltillo Tile Color

Choose from our 5 iconic Mexican Saltillo Colors – Traditional, Manganese, Spanish Mission Red, Antique, or Antique Mission Red.

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No pressure, no prying. Just tell us what you have in mind, and we’ll email a price estimate  – usually the same day! Buying Saltillo tile from us is easy.

After you provide us with your project requirements, we will send you a price estimate. That estimate will include the Saltillo Mexican tiles you’ve selected and installation materials.  That’s right – you can get the complete bundle delivered to you at our wholesale-direct prices. We will beat any competitor’s price for Saltillo flooring in the U.S. 

So, browse our exclusive collection of Saltillo Mexican tile flooring – the perfect choice for homeowners and designers seeking a touch of rustic elegance. Crafted by skilled artisans using traditional techniques, our handmade clay tiles bring the authentic charm of Mexico right into your home.

With their warm hues, unique patterns, and unparalleled durability, these clay tiles are an excellent investment for those shopping for rustic style and functionality. Each handmade 12×12 Mexican Saltillo tile is unique and has a blend of rustic characteristics, such as variations in size, texture, and thickness, as well as color variations, bumps, chips, hairline cracks, smudge marks, and even an occasional animal paw print. 

Then, experience the magic and buy Saltillo floor tiles to transform your space into a captivating masterpiece. Buy Mexican Saltillo tile today and take advantage of our limited-time offers!

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We are the Mexican Saltillo Tile Experts

We’re the largest manufacturer and distributor of handmade Saltillo tile (among other types of Mexican tiles and stone). In fact, we’ve been at the task of supplying Mexican style floors from our Texas headquarters for over 18 years.  Our craftsmen in Mexico have been creating handmade tiles for generations.

We see a lot of Saltillo floors – good ones and not-so-good ones. Fortunately, we have learned valuable lessons, rinsed, and repeated, repeated, repeated… for years. Simply put, we know Saltillo flooring. And we know how to help you make the best decision when purchasing clay tile flooring for your project.

Our factory in Mexico crafts beautiful, earthy red clay tiles that are perfect for Spanish, Tuscan, and Southwestern-style homes.

Because we are the direct source, our Saltillo tile prices are very affordable since there is no middleman markup. You can enjoy the beauty of authentic Mexican tiles without the hassle of importing because our inventory ships directly from our warehouse in Texas. 

Shop our huge selection of Saltillo patterns, shapes, sizes, and colors. Plus, if you need it quickly, we have in-stock options. Ask about lead times when you connect to our floor’ists. Whatever your project and budget, you can buy with trust and confidence because we are the Mexican Saltillo flooring experts.

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What is Mexican Saltillo Tile?

(Important) things to know about terracotta floor tile

Handcrafted Excellence: Each Clay Tile is a Work of Art

Our Saltillo tiles are meticulously handcrafted by skilled artisans, ensuring that each piece is a unique work of art. The labor-intensive process of shaping and firing clay (terracotta) produces tiles with rich, earthy tones and distinctive variations.

The result? No two tiles are exactly alike, giving your space an authentic, one-of-a-kind appeal. With their rustic elegance and classic charm, handmade Mexican Saltillo tiles will captivate all who enter your home.

Enduring Durability: Tiles that Withstand the Test of Time

Invest in flooring that lasts a lifetime! Saltillo tile outside and inside is renowned for its exceptional durability and resilience, making these Mexican style floors ideal for residential and commercial spaces in warmer climates. Made from high-quality clay, these tiles can withstand heavy foot traffic.

So whether it’s your busy kitchen with Saltillo tile, inviting living room, or cozy patio, our sealed Saltillo will maintain their beauty and strength for years to come. Experience peace of mind knowing that your flooring investment will stand the test of time.

Timeless Style: Aesthetic Versatility for Every Space

Whether you’re aiming for a rustic hacienda, a Mediterranean oasis, or a contemporary farmhouse look, Saltillo tile flooring effortlessly complements any style. Its warm, earthy tones and natural texture create a welcoming atmosphere in any room.

From traditional to modern Saltillo tiles, we provide everything you need to add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your space’s overall aesthetics. So, unleash your creativity and transform your home with this timeless flooring solution.

Key Facts About Mexican Saltillo Tile

It is rustic and imperfect. That's the industry standard for authentic, handmade Saltillo tile flooring.

While shopping for Saltillo flooring, it’s essential to understand some key facts about these rustic, handmade adobe tiles.

Saltillo flooring is known as ‘perfectly imperfect. These terracotta floors are handcrafted clay tiles that only exist in the Mexican city of Saltillo, Coahuila. In fact, Mexican tile flooring owes its beauty to characteristics like the occasional dog paw print tile, chips, bumps, lime pops, color striping, finger prints and irregular markings, hairline cracks, and variations in color, size, and thickness. These tiles are also pillowed due to the water evaporation that happens during the kiln-firing process (this is accomodated for during the installation process, of course). So, no two handmade tiles are identical. 

We recommend ordering samples to preview tiles before your flooring purchase. But even then, samples only represent a small likeness of what you will receive with your flooring order. Samples will not represent all rustic and imperfect attributes that you should expect with your supply of floor tiles. Please review samples alongside our multiple photo galleries and social media posts to gain a sense of the totality of Saltillo flooring.

How is Saltillo Floor Tile Made?

First, clay is dug from the earth in its raw form. Then, water is added to man-made pits in the ground to humidify the clay for the curing process. Once the clay tile has been cured, it is shaped by hand into molds.

Next, as these Mexican tiles dry in the sun, an occasional coyote, chicken, or dog may pass by and leave their footprints on a few. (There are some fun facts about Saltillo paw print tiles.)  This is a sign that you are buying an authentic Mexican Saltillo flooring.

We’re not shy – you can watch the entire Saltillo floor manufacturing process from start to finish in our video featuring our partners in Mexico. Also, check out our Ultimate Guide to Saltillo Tile Flooring.

What Colors Do Saltillo Tiles Come In?

Handmade Saltillo tiles come in warm, earthy tones. In fact, there are five standard color palettes – each with its unique blend of colors and patterns, adding to the charm and character of Saltillo flooring.

Due to their handmade nature, the color of these Adobe-style tiles will vary from batch to batch and even within the same batch. This adds to their rustic appeal and ensures that each installation is truly one-of-a-kind.

The 5 Color Palettes include:

  1. Traditional Saltillo tile
  2. Manganese Saltillo
  3. Antique Saltillo
  4. Spanish Mission Red Saltillo
  5. Antique Spanish Mission Red Saltillo

Handmade Saltillo Color Descriptions

Traditional Saltillo Tile

Traditional Saltillo tile is a go-to choice for the most authentic-looking Mexican tile floors. With colors ranging from terracotta and cream to an array of golden tones, this iconic tile is perfect if you buy Spanish-style and Southwestern-style homes, haciendas, beach houses, and more.

Manganese Saltillo Floor Tile

Manganese Saltillo tile is made from the same clay and manufactured in the same way as traditional Saltillo flooring. But, Manganese is added when the clay is wet, transforming the clay tile into a beautiful brown color that manifests in varying shades.

So, you’ll also see swirling dark manganese powder marks and some warm terra cotta colors showing through. Because the process is more involved, it is slightly more expensive than the traditional color. Similar to traditional Saltillo, color and texture vary in Manganese tile.

Naturally occurring chips, cracks, and bumps are sought-after characteristics of this rustic Mexican paver, which people have enjoyed for centuries. Like all handmade terracotta tiles, no two Manganese tiles are identical, and that’s what makes them unique.

Antique Nonslip Tile

Antique Saltillo is a hybrid of Traditional and Manganese finishes. However, the Antique sealed Saltillo tiles have a textured surface rubbed with manganese dioxide, giving them an old-world look in terracotta colors. Also, Antique Saltillo tile can be enjoyed indoors or outdoors.

We love the added benefit of texture because it’s perfect if you’re shopping for a natural, non-slip tile for outdoor pool decks and patios. (Note: Your installer can leave grout on the tile’s surface to produce darker colors reminiscent of reclaimed terra cotta tiles.)

Spanish Mission Red Tile

Spanish Mission Red tile is a popular choice for Spanish-style floors, dominant in terracotta colors with only traces of golden and yellow tones. Plus, color variation still exists within the terracotta tile colors, but the overall look is a more consistently colored floor.

We implement a custom burning process during kiln firing to produce our Spanish Mission Red tiles because the heat impacts the finished color.

Antique Mission Red Tile

Antique Mission Red is the marriage between our Spanish Mission Red and Antique tiles. With this beauty, you get the deep terracotta & consistent colors found in Spanish Mission Red with an added textured surface.

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Colorful Glazed Saltillo Tile (Glazed Terracotta)

Explore our Colorful Glazed Terracotta Tiles for custom floor and wall tiles. Our glazed tiles are available in a variety of colors – and we offer custom colors too! Any of our shapes and sizes are available as glazed tiles. Glazed tiles are available in Super Saltillo (round edges) and Regular Saltillo (straight edges). The options are limitless!

Pro Tip: Clay tile colors will vary (sometimes drastically, sometimes minimally) from one manufacturing lot to the next. We do not guarantee color-matching clay tiles because kiln-firing elements and weather elements dramatically affect the tile’s finished color. We always suggest ordering enough tiles for your project once to ensure a consistent color theme. During your tile installation, mix tiles from the delivered pallets.

The Best Colors That Go With Handmade Saltillo Tile

If you’re genuinely considering going with Saltillo tile, here are some of the best color schemes you can go with:

Neutrals—Saltillo tiles have beautiful natural reddish-orange hues, so neutrals like off-whites, tans, and light grays make an elegant backdrop. Neutrals enhance the tile’s color variations. 

Terracotta – Matching terracotta-colored walls or accents will seamlessly blend with the orange tones of the tiles. Terracotta provides a monochromatic, earthy look.

Blues – From soft sky blue to bright cobalt, blue hues contrast beautifully with the warmth of the tiles. Blue paint, pillows, and decor create a soothing southwestern vibe.

Greens—Earthy sage and olive greens pair nicely with the red-orange tiles, giving them a natural, organic feel. Greens also bring out the tile’s reddish tones.

Yellows—From sunny lemon and mustard to deep ochre, yellow injects cheer and complements warm coloration. Add yellow walls, artwork, or furnishings.

Buy Saltillo Tile and Get it Shipped Worldwide

That’s right – we ship this stuff worldwide! Our ordering process is easy, and we’re here to help you at each step. Our floor’ists will talk, email, or chat with you about your project goals.

We’ll help you shop for apattern that fits your budget and timeline. Just browse our extensive collection to find what’s perfect for your space. Order samples to see it in person and try our online Room Visualizer tool!

And when you’re ready, place an order and discuss convenient payment options with one of our floor’ists. Order today and enjoy exclusive pricing on qualifying orders. Then, transform your home with Saltillo tile flooring and let its allure transport you to the enchanting world of Mexican craftsmanship.

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