Tiles are thin objects assuming a square or rectangular shape. They are regarded as a manufactured piece of hard-wearing material such as ceramic, stone, metal, clay, or even glass, generally used for protecting roofs, floors, walls. Alternatively, tiles can sometimes be used to cover stone graves where names of the deceased are encrusted. Tiles are often used to form wall and floor coverings and can range from simple square tiles to complex or mosaics.
The antique tiles are tiles that are intricately designed with art that are unique and emulate historical paintings and artwork.
The use of tiles dates back in the 16th century ranging from the middle east to the Roman empire, Europe, Indian, Egypt, Asia, and other historical countries. The use of Tiles was mostly associated with wealth and monarchs and often used to create murals and a sophisticated look for temples, churches, and mosques, especially in designing domes and creating images of saints and deities. Mass production of Tiles began in the 18th century as the Industrial Revolution hit the world, and technological advancement led to the increased use of materials that are durable and more efficient.
On this note, tiles were no longer found as a symbol of wealth but simply a tool used to decorate the Roofs of shops, houses, schools, squares, floors of buildings, bathroom walls, Tabletops, a cover for some games.
As the durability and cost of these Antique tiles fell, a gross production which equated a seemingly total demand of the tile material which is resistant to harsh weather conditions and domestic wear and tear became more pronounced. Now in the recent times painted walls and cemented floors are being tossed aside. The advantages of these Reclaimed floors and Antique terracotta tiles coupled with the utter beauty of the has gained the attention of millions. Now even the average man opts for some Tiles to mask his walls and furniture.
As the growing demand of these Antique tiles and Reclaimed floor tiles are being recorded so are the number of industries on the increase, presenting discrepancies in quality and choice of tiles and healthy competition in the world. The use of these tiles has become global, reaching all the nooks and crannies of the world, including the developing countries of Africa.
There are certain types of antique tiles used in the world today, and they include the following.
Ceramic or Porcelain Tiles; which are the least expensive
Vinyl and Linoleum
Glazed Porcelain Tiles
Unglazed Porcelain Tiles
Natural stone tiles
There are also vast industries involved in the production of antique tiles and Reclaimed floors, which include :
The Antique Floor Company / Reclaimed and Restored Tiles, American Marazzi, Atlas Concorde, Cerad Corp, Censantoni SA de CV, Crossville, Estima (NKSI), Vitromex,
The Tile Company, Stone Peak, Royal Mosa, Refine Tile LLC, Porcelanite Lamosa, Panaria, Mirage Granito Ceramico, Kinesik Engineered Products, Interceramic USA, Exceptional Surfaces, Florim USA,