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.
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.
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.
Finally, 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.