What is saltillo tile? I’m glad you asked!
According to wikipedia (which we know is truthful about all things), saltillo tile is a type of terra-cotta tile that originates in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. Saltillo-type tiles are now manufactured at many places in Mexico, and high-fire “Saltillo look” tiles, many from Italy, compete with the terra-cotta originals.
Saltillo tile vary in colour and shape, but the majority range from in varying hues of reds, oranges and yellows. Tiles are shaped either by pressing quarried clay with a wooden frame (super), or carving out the desired shape (regular). Depending on the raw tile’s placement among other tiles at the time of firing, its colour ranges from yellow to a rich orange.
You will find we locals here in St. Augustine pronounce “Saltillo” as SAR-tillo. Correctly it is pronounced sah-TEE-Yo.