CIRCLE TIME Aboriginal Design Recycled Mat, Bronze & White
3 x 3m
Circle Time is a stunning Aboriginal design recycled mat in earthy bronze and white. It depicts a learning circle, representing a holistic approach to teaching and acquiring knowledge valued in many Indigenous communities.
Michael Gilsenan is an Australian Indigenous artist with connections to Stephen Island in the Torres Strait and the Yidinji people of Far North Queensland. Here, he uses inner and outer circles to represent different levels of understanding as we teach and learn. The wavy pattern represents the journey of learning. The dots are symbolic of people, with large dots being mentors, teachers or elders whilst the smaller dots represent those who are being taught.
You will also notice a star, which highlights the importance of knowledge and self-empowerment, and a solid surrounding circle that links all these pieces of the journey together. The image, taken as a whole, demonstrates a way of understanding the world and a focus for educators to guide their practice.
Like all our group time classroom mats, this intricate design is ideal as a teaching tool, helping students of all ages learn more about their own and other cultures while they read, eat or play on the rug. Why not pair it with one of the fun multicultural games available at Recycled Mats? The eye-catching colours and distinctive cultural imagery ensure it will be a talking point in any library, community centre or shopfront.
Circle Time is made from 100% recycled plastics, including car tyres and PET bottles, making it easy to clean and light enough to carry or fold up for transport or storage. This innovative material is soft and comfortable for sitting and walking on; warm in winter but cool in summer.
Use these rugs as classroom mats to extend learning in areas such as culture, nature, family life or art. In the home or office, Circle Time is a great way to celebrate cultural diversity through art.
Circle Time is a unique Aboriginal recycled mat in vibrant bronze and white. Enjoy it as a camping mat, play mat or anywhere you want to bring people together.
Name of design: Circle Time
Origin of design: Australian Indigenous
Artist: Michael Gilsenan
Origin of artist: Yidinji (Far North Queensland) and Stephen Island (Torres Strait)
Size: 3 x 3m
Colours: Bronze & white. *Available in the following colour options - yellow & orange.
Note: These mats are reversible. Photos show both sides of the same mat. Mat colours may differ slightly from the images shown due to the different inks used in individual print runs.
Care Instructions: All our floor mats have been made to the best attainable standards from UV treated recycled polypropylene. Follow our guide to mat maintenance for cleaning and storage instructions. Our floor mats and playmats are suitable for indoor and outdoor use, but extensive exposure to sun or rain will lead to fading and deterioration over time.
*More information can be found about all of our artists on our artist's blog.
- Playmat in childcare centres and kindies
- Library 'storytelling' rugs
- Spread it on the floor to catch paint spills while the kids are having fun
- Use it during school or family outings
- Sporting occasions
- Family reunions
- Perfect for the beach – sand just washes or shakes off
- Perfect for picnics in the park
- High traffic areas
- Brighten a classroom or kid's playroom
- Cover an old non-usable concrete spot and bring new life to the area
- Define a play space for children
- BBQ areas
- Dog grooming shows
- Market stalls
- Lounge room floors or hall runners
- Cultural wall art
- Wedding or other ceremonial mats
- Going bush
Mat weight's guide:
|XXXL||6 x 2.4m||6.5 kg|
|XXL||4 x 2.4m||4 kg|
|XL||3 x 3m||3.6 kg|
|Large||2.7 x 2.7m||3.4 kg|
|Medium||2.7 x 1.8m||2.4 kg|
|Family size||2.1 x 1.5m||2 kg|
|Small||1.8 x 0.9m||0.9 kg|
|Square||1.8 x 1.8m||2 kg|
|Runners||2.7 x 0.9m||1.1 kg|
|Round XL||3m||3.5 kg|
|Round L||2.7m||3 kg|
|Round M||2.4m||2.2 kg|
|Round S||1.8m||2 kg|
|Door Mats||70cm x 45cm approx||1 kg|
RecycledBy: Vince. MOULT on 5 March 2017This is the second mat I have purchased and find it is robust and lasts many years.
Circle Time MatBy: ana bernardino on 19 February 2017Great value and quality
Circle time Mat = baby time and family funBy: Veronica Clarke on 28 December 2016We love our Mat. With 3 new grandies coming home for Christmas two of them crawling and one sitting along with three older grandies the Mat was perfect for on the concrete verandah, the timber deck, the lawn and we will definitely be using it at the beach as well. Easily cleaned we just hang it over the clothesline and hose it down, if it's sticky we just use some dishwashing detergent and a soft broom. I love explaining to the older grandchildren that the artwork was designed by our countries first people and the stories behind the artwork goes back many generations. Thanks so much!
JudyBy: Judy Arden on 11 December 2016Love love love our circle time mat. The children stay outside longer when they play on the mat and it's so easy to care for.
Beautiful and PracticalBy: Judy on 19 September 2016Hi a big thank you from my Family Day Care children and I for our wonderful mat 'circle time' that arrived yesterday. It is beautiful and so practical. After racing around the design the children sat and enjoyed their lunch then took some toys to it to play. I can see it being a much loved part of our day. Cheers Judy.