Generally, antique tile is tile that was produced before 1950. There are many types of antique tiles to choose from depending what era is desired such as art nouveau tiles, arts and crafts tiles, hand painted tiles, and majolica tiles.
Hand painted antique tiles are often very intricate and typically depict scenery, wildlife or historic moments. Many people use antique tiles sparingly and intermingle them with modern tile, using the antique piece as a centerpiece or focal point because of expense. However, creating an entire back splash or border with antique tile is exceedingly lovely. Modern tiles that mimic the look of antique tiles without the hefty price tag are also available.