Interior Plaster

Abu Saeed prepares the house for plastering, using small chinkstones and mortar to fill cracks and create a flat substrate for the interior plaster. Although obscuring the beautiful view of exposed stonemasonry, interior plaster was necessary for insulation and to prevent household pests from taking over.

The cracks between the stones on the interior of the walls are filled with stones and mortar

Filling up the cracks with stones and mortar especially around the beams of wood which will support the roof.

Plasters also improve interior lighting by brightening up the colors of the walls. We discovered that mixing chalk with the earth plaster give a bright yet warm tonality to the home. More wealthy residences and public buildings – such as our synagogue – were finished in white lime plaster and occasionally painted.

The final plaster is smooth looking and it covers the stones and mortar that were put earlier.

 

The house interior before plastering shows the cracks between the stones in the wall

House interior before

After plastering, the house interior looks more organized and beautiful

House interior after