The ancient art of Tadelakt was first used by the Berbers of Morocco in the second century, B.C. Tadelakt translates from Arabic to kneaded plaster, alluding to the physicality of the technique, and particularly to the final step which requires the artisan to manually smooth and shape the surfaces with polishing stones. This Moroccan plaster technique is made using all natural lime plaster treated with an olive oil soap solution. The resulting glossy surface is hydrophobic (water-repellent), and, due to its natural alkalinity, fungicidal and antibacterial. The longevity and durability of this material is unrivaled by modern building materials. It can handle extremes in temperature, cracks heal themselves through crystallization, and colors keep their intensity.
Used in cisterns, bathhouses and riads all over Morocco, its timeless durability and seductive beauty make it one of the most sought after finishes in the world. Great for showers and bathrooms, Tadelakt offers a completely monolithic surface in wet areas where tile and grout often fail due to constant exposure to water. Available in a wide range of colors.
Tadelakt shower in Miami Beach, Florida in 2016 by Brandywine Plaster
Soap dish detail in a tadelakt shower installed in 2016 by Brandywine Plaster. Gulf Coast Florida
Window sill detail in tadelakt. Installed 2016 in Gulf Coast Florida by Brandywine Plaster
Shower control detail in tadelakt shower installed in 2014. Done by Brandywine Plaster in Chadds Ford, PA
Tadelakt shower floor with inset drain installed 2018 in Chadds Ford, PA by Brandywine Plaster.
Stoning in olive oil soap in drying tadelakt in NYC. Installed by Brandywine Plaster 2015.
Historic fountain restoration finished in Moroccan tadelakt and installed in 2013 by Brandywine Plaster