Tiles give away a great deal of information about history. I have loved tiles for a long time, ever since I visited the Tile Museum in Otterlo at age 15 or so.
Anyway, here in the Hindelooper Kamer (see Restaurant tips), it was fun to spot original tiles (verrry old), simply old tiles and new tiles.
You see, verrrry old tiles have a hole in opposite corners, made by nails when they were fired in the kiln. Newer tiles (and even those are old) do not have those.
Behind the stove in old kitchens, the wall would often be tiled so that it could be easily cleaned off soot coming off the stoves. The nicer the decoration, the richer the family, that's obvious.
A popular decoration were scenes from the Bible, even with the actual text of where to find the scenes.
Another popular decoration would be depicting children's games, or various professions. See photo 3 in this tip.
There were also tableaux, a series of tiles together depicting a larger image. Like in photo 2 and 4.
Mind you, this tile business is not typical for Sneek or for Friesland. It's a general thing in The Netherlands in old houses and farms. But as these tiles can be found in Sneek, I thought it nice to explain a little about it here.