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8 Reasons To Use Tadelakt In Your Bathroom

Tadelakt is a traditional, lime-based plastering technique that has been used in Morocco for thousands of years. The ancient finish is also becoming a popular feature for Western bathrooms and wet rooms.

Tadelakt Moroccan BathroomThe natural tadelakt plaster made from water-resistant Marrakech lime can be used indoors and outdoors. It’s particularly suitable for covering walls, ceilings, floors and shower enclosures in bathrooms.

The polished tadelakt finish is achieved by rubbing in the olive oil based soap to create a waterproof and durable seal that’s hard and scratch resistant while remaining breathable and porous.

Here are 8 reasons to use Tadelakt to create an authentic tadelakt Moroccan bathroom.

Ancient Craftsmanship

Tadelakt is an oral tradition that has been passed down through the centuries.

True craftsmanship is becoming a rarity in the frenetic pace of the modern world. However, quality and patience are making a comeback as many begin to value the art of ancient techniques as opposed to globalised, mass produced products and materials.

Unique

Tadelakt plaster is a unique alternative to tiles. It will give your bathroom that ‘wow’ factor. You don’t see it everywhere so you can be pretty certain that the neighbours won’t have it.

Hygienic

Tadelakt has a seamless smooth finish and there’s no need for grouting. Grouting can eventually crack and crumble and also traps dirt, grime and mould.

Minimalist Luxury

Tadelakt adds a touch of elegance to any style of bathroom. Fixtures and furnishings can be as elaborate or as simple as you wish.

Eco Friendly

Tadelakt is a natural product and doesn’t contain any harsh or toxic chemicals. Not only does it release 80% less CO2 than cement, but it also reabsorbs CO2 in its production, helping to lower the carbon footprint.

Tadelakt Moroccan BathroomNot Just Walls

Flexible, pliable and easy to work, Tadelakt can also be used to make bath tubs, sinks and shelves.

Not Just For Bathrooms

Its waterproof finish means that Tadelakt is ideal for any wet areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and outdoor living areas. The beautiful polished finish also adds a seamless, contemporary look to fireplace surrounds.

Affordable

If you compare the cost of buying quality tiles and having them fitted by a professional tiler, Tadelakt is a competitive alternative in terms of price. Although the ancient Moroccan technique is labour intensive, and requires the skills of a Tadelakt specialist, the hard, durable plaster will last for centuries.

Tadelakt offers a very decent return on investment and you’ll have a beautiful, timeless Moroccan bathroom feature that will last for years to come.

For more information on our traditional Tadelakt Moroccan bathroom, contact a member of our team today, or visit us online to see our gallery and range of Tadelakt services.

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Moroccan Inspired Design Features

Tadelakt PlasteringA rich and colourful history, diverse cultural influences, contrasting landscapes and intricate architecture are just some of the features that make Morocco so fascinating.

Together these features inspire and influence Moroccan design to create a contrasting mix of rich, exotic opulence and natural simplicity that can be used in both contemporary and traditional homes.

Here’s a look at some of the most important elements of Moroccan inspired design.

Shapes

Shapes play an important part in Moroccan architecture and decorative features. Keyhole designs, arches, geometric forms, interwoven trellis work and typical ogee dome shapes can be used to create an authentic Moroccan look around your home.

Tiling

One of the most striking and traditional features of Moroccan design are intricately patterned mosaic tiles known as zillij. These are small tiles, often in bold colours, that are grouped together to form a geometric pattern.

Zillij can be used to create a stunning decorative feature on kitchen splashbacks, shower cubicles or on fireplace surrounds. They make a beautiful contrast to a neutral backdrop of natural colour washed walls finished in tadelakt plaster.

Colours

Moroccan colours ranging from bold and dramatic to neutral and earthy are inspired by nature. Vibrant reds, orange, yellows and browns reflect the desert, the setting sun and the rich colours of culinary spices. Blues, greens and white, often used in mosaic tiling, are inspired by the ocean, the sky and the changing colours of the Atlas Mountains. 

Furniture Combinations

Moroccan inspired furnishings are a combination of ornately carved, dark wood furniture and plush pillows, cushions, poufs and giant floor cushions.

Use luxurious fabrics in curtains and upholstery and heavily woven rugs to add opulence and warmth to the look.

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Accessories

Hints of gold and silver are often used in Moroccan designs, from fabrics, upholstery and bedding, to accessories such as vases, mirror frames and hand painted furniture.

Intricately patterned brass or copper lanterns are also a Moroccan feature that add a romantic touch to bathrooms and living areas.

Courtyards

To replicate a traditional Moroccan riad, create a small courtyard outside. Outer walls can be finished in tadelakt plastering. This beautiful, polished plaster has been used for centuries in Morocco, both indoors and out. The waterproof finish is ideal for wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.

Choose a natural earthy colour to create a seamless flow from inside, out to the courtyard. For an authentic touch, add a water feature, outdoor lanterns, colourful pottery and fragrant plants.

For more information on tadelakt plastering, contact Tadelakt today, or visit us online to see our range of Tadelakt services.

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Traditional Moroccan Architecture

Morocco has a long, colourful and diverse history that has been influenced by different cultures over the centuries.

Saharan, Islamic, African and European cultures mix together to create a beautiful and fascinating culture that is especially reflected in the architecture.

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Vibrant, intricate patterns blend with natural, earthy colours of the desert to create an architectural look that is uniquely Moroccan.

Here’s a look at some of the fascinating buildings that make up the rich history of Moroccan culture.

Mosques

Stunning mosques can be found in every city, town and village in Morocco. Every mosque has an elaborately decorated marble and stucco mirhab indicating the way to Mecca, while fountains and walls are predominantly covered in green and white zellige, intricately designed terra cotta tiles.

One of the finest examples of a Moroccan mosque is the Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque found in the ancient, university city of Fez.

Riads

Riads are houses and palaces that were traditionally used by wealthy families as a private residence. They were built around a central courtyard, often featuring a fountain and citrus trees, for private family gatherings and protection from the extreme Moroccan weather.

To preserve the family’s privacy and respect female member’s hijab, windows in surrounding rooms could only open onto the inner courtyard. The decorative features would symbolise the wealth and importance of the family and the walls would be adorned with tadelakt plaster and colourful zellige tiles.

Kasbahs

Kasbahs are a type of medina or fortress that were built to protect the city from attacks. It was also often used as a residence for the local leader. Like riads, kasbahs indicated the amount of wealth a prominent family had in the city. Simple construction materials such as tadelakt were used to protect the occupants from the searing heat and bitter cold extremes of the Moroccan climate.

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Tadelakt

This traditional lime-based plaster has been used in Moroccan buildings for over 2,000 years. The materials were originally sourced from the Atlas Mountains, just north of Marrakesh.

The preparation and application of tadelakt is a long and lengthy process that’s been passed on down through the centuries and is stilled used today by skilled and expert artisans.

Tadelakt means ‘to rub in’. It’s said that to fully appreciate the beauty of the polished finish, ancient artisans needed to caress it. In fact, once you see tadelakt, you’ll feel compelled to touch it, such is its effect.

For more information on our tadelakt services, contact us today or visit our online gallery for beautiful examples of traditional Moroccan plaster.

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Natural Building Materials

Natural materials have been used in building for thousands of years, but it’s only now with concerns for the environment, that we’re beginning to appreciate their value.

Tadelakt Polished PlasterUnlike synthetic materials, natural building materials are in abundance and are easily replenished. Many types are recyclable and because there is a minimal amount of energy used in their production, they have less impact on the environment.

Here are some examples of traditional natural materials still used today for a more eco-friendly approach to building.

Adobe

Adobe means ‘mud brick’ in Spanish and it’s one of the earliest examples of building material used by man. Adobe is basically a mixture of sand or earth, water and straw, it’s dried in the sun then stacked in uniform blocks to create a wall.

Popular in hotter climates, Adobe can be plastered over with a lime-based mix such as Tadelakt to create a waterproof coating.

Stone

Stone has been used for thousands of years. It’s durable, readily available and comes in many varieties of shapes, sizes, colours and textures. It can be used for many applications such as walls, roofs and floors and is 100% recyclable.

Bamboo

Popular in Indonesia, bamboo is surprisingly strong and flexible. Its flexibility makes it a good building material to use in seismically vulnerable countries, thanks to its main component, silica. Bamboo grows rapidly so it can be sustainably forested without harming the rainforests and is a valuable renewable resource.

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Straw Bales

Straw bales are a good example of utilising a waste product and putting it to good use. Straw bales insulate well and form thick walls that help to reflect the sunlight. Because sunlight is the main energy source needed in its production, straw is one of the most eco-friendly materials around.

However, it’s not suitable for high humidity areas and mustn’t be exposed to moisture. Bales can be surfaced with wire mesh, then plastered with lime-based Tadelakt for a waterproof tadelakt finish.

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Tadelakt is 100% natural and recyclable. It’s applied in multiple coats, smoothed on with a trowel then rubbed down with a natural olive oil soap to produce a waterproof coating and a polished finish.

Tadelakt polished plaster works well with other natural materials to provide a beautiful, practical and above all, natural, solution for building designs. This Moroccan inspired plaster contains no harmful chemicals and is one of the most eco-friendly products there is.

For more information on our Tadelakt polished plaster, contact us today, or visit us online to view our full range of tadelakt plaster ideas.

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Tadelakt – Not Just For Bathrooms

The centuries old method of using Tadelakt natural plaster to cover walls originated in the Marrakech region of Morocco.

Tadelakt means to ‘massage’ or ‘rub in’ and is made using a combination of limestone or marble sand and natural soap made from olive oil to create a waterproof surface.

Tadelakt was the traditional coating used on palaces and hammans, the traditional Moroccan stately homes of wealth citizens. It can also be found on ancient fountains and carvings in the Marrakech region. This incredible plaster has been adopted by today’s modern designers to add refinement, style and a touch of ethnic luxury to homes.

Tadelakt LondonThe beauty of Tadelakt, combined with its functionality makes it a popular decorative choice for many modern bathrooms. However, This wonderfully versatile, natural and beautiful product can be used in a number of ways throughout your home.

Kitchens

Not only is Tadelakt water resistant but it can also withstand high temperatures. It’s an ideal covering for kitchen splashbacks and wall areas. The range of colours beautifully complement any setting, in both contemporary and traditional looking kitchens.

Colour choices include:

  • Black gloss
  • Creamy cappuccino brown
  • Warm creams
  • Greys with hints of green and blue
  • Oxblood red, a traditional Marrakech colour
  • White with a hint of blue
  • Acqua marine and mellow greens
  • Vibrant yellows and dusky pinks

The polished finish glimmers and twinkles; its light reflecting properties help to add a feeling of space and light to your kitchen and dining areas. Tadelakt is a stunning alternative to traditional tiles. There’s no need for grouting so the overall look created is seamless and clean. Grouting tends to trap dirt and bacteria so Tadelakt is also more hygienic.

It’s incredibly easy to clean; a quick wipe with a sponge is all it needs, eliminating the need to use harsh, chemical-based detergents. Therefore, it’s better for your health and better for the environment.

Fireplaces

This versatile plaster can be applied to any shapes and corners. It can also be used to create a stunning fireplace surround that seamlessly blends in with the rest of the room, adding a rustic, natural-looking yet contemporary feel to living areas.

Outside

Tadlekat can also be used in outdoors to create a beautiful and unique BBQ area. Its waterproof qualities are ideal for creating a stunning and elegant infinity style swimming pool and is a popular choice in domestic properties and day spa businesses.

For more information on the various uses of Tadelakt and for further details on our Tadelakt London service, contact us today or visit us online.

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Planning A Tadelakt Wet Room

Tadelakt wet rooms are fast becoming a fashionable alternative to a traditional bathroom or shower room. So what exactly is a Tadelakt wet room and why would you want one?

A wet room eliminates the need for a bathtub or an enclosed shower with a screen and tray. Basically it’s a fully open shower. A tadelakt wet room can be created in a range of styles for all budgets, however, you to avoid water spraying everywhere, you’ll need to consider if your bathroom size is feasible.

But by removing the bathtub and shower tray and re-designing your bathroom to maximise space, you may be pleasantly surprised at how spacious it turns out to be.

Here’s a look at some of the pros and cons of installing a tadelakt wet room.

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Pros

A wet room is perfect for a stylish, contemporary look. It can also add value to your home. The lack of screens, doors, curtains or shower trays also make it easier to clean.

Cons

Make sure your wet room is large enough to avoid spraying the toilet seat and ending up with wet towels and soggy toilet paper!

A wet room needs professional installation as the entire room needs to be sealed properly so that it’s completely waterproof from the floor to the ceiling.

A tadelakt wet room works well as a second bathroom. If you’re selling your home, many buyers still want a traditional bathroom.

Drainage

A proper drainage system needs to be installed by a professional. A gradient will need to be created so that the water is channeled into the drain. One option is the installation of a sub-floor which can then be plastered over. Another option is installing a ready-made sloping shower tray that can be plastered over to produce a smooth surface that blends seamlessly with the rest of the floor.

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Tadelakt is a natural plaster originating from Morocco and it’s the perfect solution for waterproofing your wet room. Not only does it create a smooth and beautiful finish, there’s also no need for grouting so it’s more hygienic. The lime based plaster is made with a natural soap solution making it very easy to clean without the need for harsh detergents. Tadelakt can be used on the floor, walls and ceiling. It is also used to make stylish and contemporary sinks. Tadelakt comes in a range of beautiful and natural colours to suit all types of styles and decor.

For more ideas and inspiration for using Tadelakt waterproof plaster in your home, contact Tadelakt UK today or visit us online.