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Antique tile adds character to older homes, but sometimes it’s no longer intact or salvageable. The following companies offer historic tile that rivals the original. We also included a wall covering company that has been making waves in the old house community.
Have fun browsing these sites, even if you’re not currently in the market. We have plenty of options to consider, whether you’re looking for ceramic hexagon tiles for a bathroom floor or handmade Arts and Crafts tile for a fireplace.
1American Restoration Tile
American Restoration Tile, or ART, specializes in historic ceramic tile for old homes and buildings. They also encourage adding old tile designs into new builds to add character. Their website is a great place to explore different hex and square mosaic tile patterns that you could use in old house entryways and bathrooms. Like many Victorian ceramic tiles, ART’s tiles come unglazed with a square edge (no bevel).
Clay Squared offers historically accurate subway tile and trim, and they have the largest selection of historic tile in the US. The company recreates tile from the 1890s-1950s, and styles include Mid Century, Victorian, and Arts & Crafts. Tile cost starts around $12/square foot, and you can order samples from their website.
Heritage Wallcoverings Ltd currently owns and distributes Lincrusta, which is a type of linoleum for walls that was invented in 1877. The company recently invested a ton of resources to refine and market these reproduction wall panels. Lincrusta will fit well inside older Victorian-style homes and are washable.
4Solar Antique Tiles
At Solar Antique Tiles, you can buy authentic antique tiles that have been salvaged from historic locations across the world. The tiles date from the 16th to 18th century and are great collector’s pieces. However, most homeowners won’t be able to afford an entire room’s worth of antique tiles on this site. Luckily, they also carry a selection of reproduction tiles in the same styles. Their inventory is very specific, but consider creating a small focal piece in an Italian-style kitchen using tiles from this company.
5The Tile Source
The Tile Source specializes in authentic Victorian and Art Nouveau tiles that match seamlessly with the old. This company has been a part of some impressive restoration projects. As such, they bring that experience to their design process. Our favorite product from this company is the hand tube-line tiles seen on many Victorian and Arts and Crafts fireplaces.
6Inglenook Tile Design
Inglenook Tile Design offers a variety of historic reproduction tiles made from high-quality brick. These tiles are designed to look like they have aged naturally over time, adding an air of authenticity to any restoration project. You can use them on floors, walls, and fireplaces—and complement a wide range of historical design styles. The company’s handcrafted process means each tile is unique.
7Rookwood Pottery Company
Founded in 1880, Rookwood Pottery Company has been producing handcrafted architectural tile for generations. The company maintains an extensive archive of historic designs that they can recreate on demand, or they can help you design a custom piece. Rookwood’s tiles and pottery are known for their quality, craftsmanship, and unique glazes.
If you’re interested in historically inspired Moroccan tiles, then Mosaic House is the perfect place to start your search. They offer a variety of tile styles, including zellige, cement, terracotta, and hand-painted tiles, all made in a traditional manner. These tiles can add a unique global touch to your space while maintaining an authentic historical feel.
This Detroit-based company has been making unique, handcrafted tiles since 1903. Pewabic Pottery offers a range of tile designs, including many that are inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement. Their selection also includes some striking geometric designs and nature-inspired motifs. They’re especially known for their iridescent glazes which add a distinctive touch to their tiles.