Render Revolution are your local Tadelakt specialists in Brisbane. Our master applicator, Ariel, has been creating handcrafted surfaces for over 15 years and works with homeowners, architects, designers, shopfitters and builders to provide bespoke Tadelakt finishes for a wide variety of surfaces.

Read on to learn more about Tadelakt, or get in touch with us to request a quote.

Tadelakt is the oldest and most prized mortar in the world.  Originating in Morocco, Tadelakt is a lime-based product, and applied correctly, Tadelakt has water repellent properties and be tinted to just about any colour imaginable.  The optic beauty of Tadelakt is only surpassed through touch when you can deeply appreciate its unique finish.

As an ancient artform, Tadelakt is a decorative finish for the patient, artfully crafted applicator.  A balance of passion, precision timing and skill is required… a mantra Ariel Garcia lives by.

Tadelakt is conserved as one of the most difficult plasters to master correctly.

Tadelakt walls

To Rub In

Tadelakt, freely translated means ‘to rub in’.

The final coat of lime plaster is polished with a stone, rubbing olive soap into the surface.  The soap, which is based on pure saponified olive oil, adds to the shine, and with the added benefit of making the surface water repellent.

When watching a true Tadelakt Artisan immersed in their craft, you will see the Artisan rubbing the final finish to burnish with a stone, or a plastic trowel, balancing timing, and pressure.  The polishing stone will distribute the lime and olive soap, close the surface, and create the unrivalled patina and shine.

Connecting with the stone, surface and energy is created from this experience.  Tadelakt will continue to ‘bloom’ and changing its natural patina and harden over the months, years and even decades… making a natural living, breathing eco-friendly surface.

Tadelakt plaster finish

Versatile and Environmentally Friendly

Tadelakt has a beautiful, smooth appearance and is exceptionally tactile. Its versatility means that there are very few limitations in surfaces and shapes to be applied.  Tadelakt is also extremely low or no maintenance decorative finish. The product is formulated with natural materials making it eco-friendly creating a healthy environment for yourself… but also, if you must dispose of it, Tadelakt is biodegradable and recyclable.

tadelakt plaster outdoor area

Tadelakt Handcrafted by Render Revolution

To obtain a beautiful effect, Tadelakt needs to be applied by an experienced artisan.  At Render Revolution, Ariel Garcia, can traditionally create your beautiful awe-inspiring masterpiece to enjoy for a lifetime and is available to throughout Brisbane, The Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast & Northern NSW.

Get in touch with us via the contact form below to discuss your project.

Tadelakt FAQs

Is Tadelakt high maintenance?

Tadelakt can last a lifetime with proper care. Black Soap is the only product that should be used to clean Tadelakt. Tadelakt can be easily cleaned using the same Black Soap solution originally used to seal the surface using a non-abrasive soft cloth or sponge. Any liquid spills should be wiped away immediately with a damp sponge to avoid any deep penetration.

Can Tadelakt be used in wet areas?

The challenges of using the traditional application of Tadelakt, (sealed with Black Olive Soap by rubbing in with a stone), in Australian wet areas is that modern designs are contrary to the way it was traditionally intended in historic design.

Historically, walls were built without waterproof membranes and naturally would draw in any permeating moisture from any hairline cracks and not repel the moisture out. In Australia, National Construction Codes standards are designed to ensure moisture is not drawn in with the application of waterproof membranes protecting the substrates underneath. Skilled artisans can only be trusted to apply Tadelakt in Australia in wet areas in its true form. The most minuscule opening will draw in moisture and be repelled by modern construction causing the product to potentially delaminate overtime and harbour mould.

How much does Tadelakt cost?

It is difficult to provide and m2 outright, as a number of factors require to be considered prior to pricing Tadelakt and all Decorative Finishes. For example, areas and size of application, substrates, the type of surface preparation required, and intricacy all involve differing skills, application processes and lengths of time. Once determined a project can be quoted for you.

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