CIRCLE TIME Aboriginal Design Recycled Mat, Yellow & Orange
3 x 3m
Circle Time is a stunning Aboriginal design recycled mat in earthy yellow and orange. 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. What better mat could you choose for group sharing activities in your school or kindy?
Cultural Mats as a Teaching Tool
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 95% recycled plastics 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 school mats to extend learning in areas such as culture, nature, family life or art. They're also ideal as picnic mats or just stylish floor mats 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 yellow and orange. Enjoy it as a camping mat, play rug 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: Yellow & orange. *Also available in the following colour options - bronze & white.
Fabric: Recycled plastic, comes in a recycled and reusable plastic carry bag
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.
This mat comes in a recycled plastic carry bag for your convenience.
How to fold your mat: Click here for a step-by-step video on how to fold your Square Mat.
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.
Recycled Mats is a proud long-term member of the Indigenous Art Code, which ensures transparent, fair and ethical business trade in works of art by Indigenous artists.
*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
Circle Time - Just right for our courtyardBy: Richie Howitt on 14 May 2018We purchased this to give us some definition and character for an outside space and it was perfect. Great quality, great service and the design and colours were just perfect for what we wanted.
Excellent qualityBy: Gina Bell on 4 November 2017So pleased with my purchase. High quality product with a beautiful design. Already so many people have asked me where I got the mat from. It’s size is the most impressive thing. There aren’t any I’ve seen in shops that are 3m x 3m.
Love it!By: Molly Skinner on 11 October 2017I absolutely love my mat! It's huge & beautiful quality. Can't fault it.
Recycled MatBy: Wavell Heights Uniting Church on 3 October 2017Highly recommend this mat and Recycled Mats. The mat has made our playgroup room look fantastic! Love that it can be taken outside and used for outdoor group time or for babies to use. Service was great and it was delivered in record time. Thanks
Circle time matBy: Trish Rutter on 19 July 2017I was so happy to unpack this beautiful mat.I intend to use it outside our caravan when camping at the beach.It reminds me of my visit to Papunya NT earlier this year.I love it !! Thank you for your excellent service and postage time .