The Sunday Times Newspaper, March 24 2019, “Want to restore your old stove or create Moroccan-style plaster walls?”
A Tadelakt is a traditional waterproof plaster finish from Morocco: as you say, it looks and feels like polished concrete. It was used by the Berbers to waterproof earthen cisterns for storing drinking water. In Morocco, public baths and bathrooms are still finished this way. The lime plaster is made waterproof through its inherent properties and the application technique. The olive-oil soap that is rubbed into the surface reacts with the lime to form calcium stearate. This results in a surface that is durable, as well as water- and scratch-resistant. It’s also sustainable.
Only employ experts who are trained to use it. We used tadelaktlondon.co.uk. It costs £120-£150 a sq metre, including labour.
Sunday Times Newspaper, Februrary 18, 2018, “Inside TV cook Rachel Khoo’s little London kitchen” (words Alexandra Goss)
The silky, marble-like feel of the bathroom walls was created with tadelakt, a waterproof plaster finish used in Moroccan architecture; again, Khoo got the idea after following a specialist company, Tadelakt London, on Instagram. Her crowning glory, however, is the portable tables in the kitchen, which are on wheels and can be raised or lowered to different heights, allowing them to function as coffee tables, dining tables or extensions to the work surface.
Premier Hospitality Magazine, June, 2018, “Ruya opens in London”, page 48
Operating within the UK and overseas, Tadelakt London specialize in the supply and installation of Tadelakt – a traditional Moroccoan lime plaster suitable for walls, fireplaces, bathrooms and more. Tadelakt combines specially sourced materials with artisanal technique to create a smooth, marble-like surface which can be customised to suit any colour palette or application.
As Tadelakt is a waterproof plaster it is ideal for bathrooms and showers and has been installed in various prestigious projects, including a 120 sqm domed ceiling in the luxury resort, Sobeva Jani in the Maldives. Most recently, Tadelakt London has been involved with Ruya Mayfair, supplying and installing Tadelakt to create a stunning feature around the restaurant’s oven.
Tadelakt London Manager, Valentin Tatanov, said:
“Ruya Mayfair is another prestigious project for us and one which we were very pleased to be involved with.”
“At Tadelakt London we pride ourselves on our traditional craftmanship. The work we undertake is Artisan – it is an art form. What we do is not ordinary day-to-day plaster installations and not many companies can do the same type of work as we can deliver.”
Living Etc. Magazine, September 2017, “Scandi Goes Plush”, page 36
MASTER EN SUITE
Both practical and decorative, the sliding doors here take their cue from traditional barn doors, while the brasswork reflects Liz’s industrial leanings. The walls are finished in polished tadelakt to contrast with the dark blue freestanding bath.
Grazia UK Magazine, September 2018, “Monochrome Masterclass”, page 84
A blue 1980s bathroom was transformed with a resin floor and plaster walls for an interesting textured look. ‘I fulfilled a life-long dream
having the bathroom walls decorated with tadelakt, a traditional Moroccan finish I’ve always admired,’ says Karine. See more info at Karine’s Blog here.
Daily Mail Newspaper, Friday, July 10, 2015, “The dictionary of glossy design”, page 71
A MOROCCAN painting technique, using lime plaster, lime sand and an olive soap which leaves a water-resistant surface. Mixed with richly-coloured pigments — turquoise,violet, orange — it is applied to the walls of palaces, hammams (baths) and riads (villas built around courtyards). Tadelakt London has undertaken work for indoor swimming pools (tadelaktlondon.co.uk).
Living Etc Magazine, November 2016, “1 FEEL THE PEEL” article (Words Jo Leevers, Picture research Nicola Rowe), page 175:
There’s a certain insouciance that comes with a bathing space that celebrates perfectly imperfect plasterwork. It’s a weathered worn look that says, ‘This old riad? Had it for years, darling…’ Hotels that work the peeled-back, palazzo-look include G-Rough in Rome and London’s Rough Luxe. The Trick – as all hip hotels know- is to add elements that contrast dramatically with the rough, be it slick contemporary artwork, poised Gio Ponti chairs or shiny brass work Just don’t leave an uninitiated builder alone in the house – he’ll have those rough walls skimmed up in no time.
Project details: Actor Lupita Nyong’o once soaked in this bath amid a sea of rosebuds for Vogue. It’s at El Fenn, Morocco, and is made from Tadelakt… But Tadelakt London can create walls, £125 per sq m, and a bath like this for approx £2 000.
25 Beautiful Homes Magazine, October 2016, “Experimenting with wall finishes” article (Inspired by Tamara Broido, Photography Tadelakt London Ltd), page 112:
…Whether you decide on an industrial or natural finish, you can add character and warmth to your home by playing with textured look… A plaster finish can be soft and colourful. For a subtle, organic feel, consider the striking Moroccan Tadelakt process, where colours is added to a cement render. Tadelakt has a marble-like quality and is silky to touch. It is also waterproof making it ideal for use in bathrooms and showers….