Tadelakt Stucco, Plaster Tadelakt is a technique of plastering Moroccan,
very old, originally used to waterproof tanks for storing drinking
water, and then in the linings of wetlands as hammams and fountains.
Its unique qualities of water resistance are comparable to those of
mortars based on cocciopesto used by Romans for the realization of
aqueducts, tanks and swimming pools. The material that makes it unique
Tadelakt is the particular type of hydraulic lime, produced by artisans
near Marrakech Berbers, handed down from generation to generation
the secrets of the selection of raw materials and the baking the pebbles.
Tadelakt the term derives from the Arabic word "dellek", which means
"kneading, mashing", testify to the fact that only through careful
processing of lime mixed with water without any other addition, applied
in a single layer and subsequently, smoothed and polished with the
aid of black soap, impervious surfaces are obtained and impressive
aesthetic, which makes it unique Tadelakt. Tadelakt is the original
coating of the Hammam, "Arab thermae" fountains, and noble palaces
of Morocco. The original Tadelakt is obtained exclusively through
the baking in the traditional brick barrel furnaces are still used,
in Marrakech, baking for about 30 hours, exit of the furnace is turned
off with small quantity of water, the pebbles, crumbled by baking,
are now tadelakt lime, in the pipeline, the lime from Tadelakt is
simply mixed with water, without any addition of sand, as it contains
in itself a part of limestone unbaked which acts as an aggregate.
Tadelakt is applied by hand with a spatula in a thickness of 1-2 cm,
on a basis rustic and absorbent, the implementation is carried out
with great skill. Tadelakt surfaces, if made in a workmanlike manner,
are completely waterproof and suitable for indoors and outdoors even
in direct contact with water. Tadelakt is a noble expression of the
Moroccan culture, and must be brought solely in respect of the characteristics
of materials and in the observance of traditional construction techniques.
By nature is ECOLOGICAL product, contains no VOCs gases, not burns,
it produces no harmful fumes on contact with flames, and is totally