Why is Gypsum Plaster called ‘Plaster of Paris’?

montmartre in Paris - where we get the term Plaster of Paris from

Montmartre in Paris – where we get the term Plaster of Paris from

Gypsum plaster is produced by heating gypsum to about 300 °F (150 °C). When this dry dusty ivory white plaster powder is mixed with water, it re-forms into gypsum.

Whilst the Italians and the Greeks developed this product in antiquity, in Great Britain our first exposure to this product was with the Norman Conquest. Very large deposits of Gypsum were discovered in the Montmartre suburb or the 18th arrondissement of Paris – home of the Sacre Coeur Cathedral. In the middle ages and French high society decorated their grandest houses using Gypsum Plaster.

During the height of the Georgian Period in the mid 1700s, ‘Plaster of Paris’ was firmly established as a method for decorating walls and ceilings. Master mould makers from Italy, France and Britain toured the country creating elaborate decorative plaster ceilings.

We use the same raw materials in all of our hand made plaster coving and plaster ceiling rose products today.

To learn more about how our product is made or to come in and see the UKs widest range of decorative plaster mouldings, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01723 321 111.

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