How to find old ceramic tile

Written by alex burton
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Ceramic tiles are often created as part of a company line. These lines, much like a clothing line, go in and out of production as the company sees fit. This can sometimes create a frustrating scenario when trying to find old ceramic tiles that match those you need to replace.

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    Identify the tile manufacturer. Look for any distinguishing marks on the tiles or unique characteristics that could provide clues. You can also try showing a piece of the tile to a tile retailer to see if they recognise the manufacturer.

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    Once the tile manufacturer is identified, contact them to see if they still produce the piece or have leftover tiles from the line.

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    If the manufacturer no longer makes the tile, ask them for a list of stores they distribute their products to. Contact the stores from this list to see if they have any of the tile left.

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    Contact an antique tile dealer who might be able to help you find that specific tile on the market.

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    If the tile is untraceable or nonexistent, use an alternate tile with a coordinating colour or pattern in place of the tile you were originally searching for.

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