The price of ceramic tiles has been plummeting in recent years, but they are becoming increasingly popular among collectors.
According to a survey by Israeli company Derevi, the number of sales for ceramic tiles jumped by 9 percent in 2016, from 4.6 million units in 2015.
The company has partnered with renowned ceramist, Uri Eliyahu, who specializes in selling ceramic tiles for about 1,000 shekels ($100).
“The market is now saturated,” Eliyu said, adding that it was not only the ceramic tile industry but also the entire commercial market.
“People who collect ceramis and sell them are looking for a new way to make a living,” he said.
He added that ceramism is growing in popularity due to the rise of the internet, and many collectors are starting to explore new markets.
“It’s a very new and exciting market for us, and the market is very active,” he added.
According the survey, ceramic tiles were used in more than 80 percent of the products sold.
The ceramic tile is used in many different products, including decorative art, bedding, and kitchenware.
In 2016, Israeli authorities seized over 40 tons of ceramic tiles from Egypt, and in 2016 a total of 2,500 ceramic tiles was confiscated in Israel.
Ceramics are also known for their longevity.
The Israeli government is investing millions of shekeles ($5,000) into ceramic research, with a goal of producing ceramic tiles in 25 years.