Terracotta, from the Italian “terra” (earth) and “cotta” (cooked) means just that…cooked earth! Terracotta refers to any bisque, pot, paver, etc. that is made out of natural clay and is fired in a kiln. Today, the most commonly used clay pavers in the United States come from Mexico. Other clay pavers that are sometimes used are antique pavers otherwise known as reclaimed pavers. Most of these reclaimed terracotta pavers come from Italy and France although they can sometimes be acquired from the UK and Latin America. Those choosing to use reclaimed pavers typically seek the old world charm that accompanies them. They are usually worn and have a more rustic feel to them.