Tiles have been a part of mankind's history for thousands of years. Evidence of tiles were found in the pyramids, in the ruins of Pompeii and Babylon, and ancient Greece. Invented in the Near East, tiles did not become used around the world until the 12th century. Their uses continue today as exterior flourishes for buildings, in subways or the tube, and in the bathroom. When considering tiling your bathroom as a beginner, there are a few tips that will make the job go more smoothly.