Tile Collectibles

Tile collectibles are an unusual, though not entirely odd, hobby wherein the hobbyist collects tiles from all over the place. Since most modern constructions do not employ tiles as part of the building material, these tile collectibles have become quite rare and today; have become a collector's item. From Victorian tiles made and used in Europe to regular tiles used in everyday bathrooms, there is room for everything in your tile collectible hobby.

Tiles are probably amongst the oldest building materials ever used by man in the construction of homes. Dating to the BC period in history, tile collectibles have been a hobby that has been followed the world over, albeit by a relatively few. However, that is in no way an indication of the scope and popularity of this hobby as it has been one of the major focus areas for many for years.

Tile collectibles are extremely varied in terms of their range and availability. If you head out to Europe, you will find some extremely ornate and beautiful tiles from the Gothic period, from Cathedral floors and even royal residences. These tiles are works of art that any collector would be proud to have in their collection.

To begin collecting, you have to first decide on where to start because there are just too many avenues. You can choose to collect based on the architectural style, the era, the country or even the region where tiles were, and are, made. The material of tile collectibles is also a great distinguishing feature and you can find tiles made of metals like tin, precious materials like ceramic and the regular kinds made of mud or clay even.

Once you have picked your starting point, the next step is to begin locating these tiles. The Internet is usually the best place to begin as it has a number of sellers and tiles to offer. You can, more or less, learn everything there is to learn about the tile being sold online and that is pretty-much all you need to know. However, in the case of rare tiles, it is important to see them firsthand before making a purchase as fake tile collectibles are also quite common.

The Categories of Tile Collectibles

There are certain special categories of tiles, such as Art Nouveau tiles that are more expensive than the rest. These tiles are normally recognized by their flowing curves-style as well as their sweeping lines, instead of their glazing or decoration techniques. Depending on the country where you are looking at, Art Nouveau tiles will have their own trademark styles that vary.

Antique tiles are one of the most popular categories amongst tile collectibles and if you have a rare and old piece in front of you, chances are that the price may shock you. Depending on the place the tile belonged to, how it was made, when it was made and what building it was used in, tile collectibles may even end up costing you up to thousands of dollars. Normal tiles won't set you back by that much and many are available below a $100 and some quite cheaply in fact.

You can also pick up tile collectibles from garage sales and flea markets as these are places where you may find something really cheap and exciting to add to your collection. If you find certain damaged or dirty pieces with artwork that has come off, you can try to restore them provided you have the tools to do so.

There are many conventions and clubs around the world that bring together tile collectors under the same roof. This is a great place to build up a strong network that can get you access to a wider range of tiles and even help you exchange some of yours with others. These gatherings are also a great place to learn more about this fascinating hobby.

Tile collectibles may not be a conventional hobby but then most hobbies are based on the likes and dislikes of people, rather than the popularity of the collectible item. So if you head outdoors, remember to keep your eyes open because the next tile collectible to be added to your collection may just be lying around on the pavement.

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