Saltillo tile is named for the town in Mexico where it is made. The tile has been made using the same methods that were handed down by settlers from Spain hundreds of years ago. The area around Saltillo has the proper mix of clay, climate, and dedicated workers to produce one of the world's most popular tiles.
Saltillo tiles are not merely "sundried", although sun drying is one step in its production. Reeso Saltillo tiles are kiln fired. The way in which these handmade tiles are stacked and positioned in the kiln produces their natural shading and range in color from light blonde to a dark amber. The off color stripping is caused by the overlapping of tiles when they are stacked in the kiln.