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