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Learn about Tadelakt Plaster

Tadelakt Plaster

Tadelakt plaster is a traditional waterproof Morrocan wall surfacing method using lime plaster and natural black soap from olive oil. Some Tadelakt plasters may also contain limestone or marble dust and aggregate. The word Tadelakt means "to rub in," which is a Berber expression from the Arabic phrase tadleek, meaning "to rub or massage." It's often considered that Tadelakt developed from qudad, a similar plaster method used in Yemen for a millennia to construct anything from buildings to the Great Dam of Ma'rib.

The technique involves lime plaster that is rammed, polished, and then treated with black soap, speeding up carbonation and providing water-resistant characteristics. While it is labor-intensive, it is incredibly durable. Tadealkt plaster can have either a matte or shiny finish, and pigment can be mixed in to provide depth and color.

Tadelakt plaster is suitable for interior and exterior walls, kitchen backsplashes, baths and spas, pools, vanities, fireplaces, etc. It can also be colored with synthetic or natural earth pigments. Make sure to use environmentally friendly pigments that are healthy for your home and your family. Tadelakt plaster manufacturers can provide application suggestions and instructions for your intended use. A primer contact may be required to ensure the Tadealakt plaster bonds with the application surface in some cases.

Tadelakt plaster is completely natural with no chemical additives. It's antibacterial and anti-fungal properties ensure its mold and mildew resistant for areas that are damp or have poor ventilation.

The word Tadelakt means "to rub in," which is a Berber expression from the Arabic phrase tadleek, meaning "to rub or massage." It's often considered that Tadelakt developed from qudad, a similar plaster method used in Yemen for a millennia to construct anything from buildings to the Great Dam of Ma'rib.

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