Morroccan tadelakt is an extremely versatile product which can be used throughout the home. Its natural waterproof properties mean it has traditionally been used in bathrooms and wetrooms, however it looks spectacular in all manner of living spaces from the timeless elegance of a Georgian townhouse, to the contemporary design of a penthouse apartment.
Tadelakt is applied seamlessly, resulting in a beautifully smooth surface, free from grout lines. Tadelakt is therefore suitable for pools, spas, shower cubicles, wet rooms, hammams and steam rooms. Tadelakt looks spectacular in solid, chunky styles, and this Moroccan plaster can be used to create seats, shelves, vanity units and wash stands – all totally waterproof.
We work across a vast array of London’s architectural styles, listed Georgian homes, Victorian townhouses, flats and apartments, modern renovated properties, new builds, terraced house conversions and extensions.
From project conception through to installation our tadelakt team work alongside our clients providing specialist advice. We utilise only the very best materials, sourced worldwide, and have the most experienced tadelakt application team in London.
Our work has also been showcased in some of London’s most iconic landmarks, including the Grade I listed St Pancras Station redevelopment, and the Battersea Power Station residential development. Other commercial developments include projects for retailers, hotels, restaurants and offices.
We regularly cover residential areas such as Notting Hill, Queens Park, and Fulham, as well as prime central London properties including the London boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea, and the City of Westminster. We have also worked on properties throughout Greater London and the home counties including Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Middlesex, Surrey, and Sussex.
Frequently asked questions and answers relating to the installation, cleaning, history and uses of tadelakt plaster.
The precise amount that your tadelakt project will cost depends on several different factors, we quote per square metre. For an exact quote, drop us a line and provide us with measurements of the surfaces that require tadelakt plaster. This should include any architectural features that you want including, such as shelves, sinks, shower screens or stalls and niches. We will look at your plans, do the sums and get back to you as soon as we can with an exact quote.
Yes. Tadelakt was used by Moroccan Berbers in the 11th century to waterproof the royal water cisterns, meaning its water repelling properties have been honed over ten centuries. It’s origins can be traced back 2000 years though and it is still widely used in North African countries as wall covering for hammams, which are full of water and steam, making it the perfect material for use in your bathroom. If you are using it in an area that gets wet on a very regular basis, such as a shower, you should take the precaution of fitting a waterproof substrate before the tadelakt is applied. We can install it for you or offer advice on what to use.
If properly applied, tadelakt should not crack beyond a patina of very fine fissures that occur naturally over time and give the surface a unique and beautiful finish. If being applied to an area that gets constantly wet, the correct substrate should be used to prevent bending or warping (we can fit this or advise you on what to use). Unless you are an expert plasterer, we recommend having your tadelakt applied by an expert to ensure cracking doesn’t happen.
We use a penetrating sealer on the tadelakt after it has been applied to safeguard it from excess moisture, and top that with a coat of hard wearing water-based wax for extra protection. Once this is done, you can easily maintain your tadelakt without expert help. If you see a build up of dirt or notice that the plaster surface is absorbing more water than usual, simply re-apply a couple more coats of wax. A large tub of wax is supplied as part of our service, as well as instructions on how to keep your tadelakt in great condition. It is important that you don’t use harsh chemicals like bleach to clean your tadelakt as this could seriously harm the plaster.
Surfaces in rooms that are exposed to moisture need to be able to breathe. This means that water vapour can travel through it, stopping condensation, damp and mould from forming and causing unsightly marks and permanent, serious damage. Tadelakt is highly breathable and therefore perfect for use in environments that create a lot of moisture such as kitchen, bathrooms, steam rooms and saunas.
Yes, Tadelakt’s unique traditional waterproof properties, as well the sealer and wax that we apply after installation, mean that tadelakt is perfect for use in bathrooms and showers. It can even be used to create a whole wetroom, which is not only highly practical but looks stunning too. Tadelakt can be used to create bathroom fixtures such as sinks and stands, bath tubs, shower screens, shelves, benches and even floors, all of which will be totally waterproof. Our tadelakt comes in a wide range of colours, meaning that you can match your shower to your existing decor or choose a colour to use throughout the room if you are creating a wetroom.