Old or antique wall tile is not always easy to locate. Use the Internet to find businesses that sell old tile or make replicas. Or, if there is a tile you like, locate the manufacturer to determine if the product is still in production. Many tile manufacturing companies, like car companies, produce certain makes and models during specific years.
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Identify the manufacturer of the old tile. Look at the back to see if any manufacturer's imprint is in the clay. Take the old tile to a tile retailer to determine if they can identify the manufacturer, or provide information about a similar product.
Take a digital photograph of the tile. Search the Internet for tile designs that look similar. Submit the photograph to online businesses that deal with old/antique tile. Ask if they can identify who manufactured the tile.
Contact the manufacturer. Determine if the tile is still being made. If not, ask if they have a similar product.
Ask for a list of businesses who distributed the specific tile if the manufacturer no longer makes the tile. Call the businesses to see if they might have any of the tile left in stock.
Search Internet auction sites if the old tile is not located. Amazon, eBay and Purplewave are three locations where people sell old tile.
Use an alternate coordinating tile, or replace the old tile with new tile, if the tile in question cannot be located.
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