GATHERINGS Aboriginal Design Recycled Mat, Orange & Black
1.8 x 1.8m
The name of this authentic Indigenous mat design says it all – gather your friends, family, students or colleagues and sit together for a yarn. Who knows what you might learn? The Gatherings Aboriginal design recycled mat, in bright orange and black, is comfortable for sitting and walking on, durable and long-lasting, whilst also looking amazing in any home, office or school.
Gatherings is designed by respected Australian Aboriginal artist De Greer Yindimincarlie, of the Wiradjuri Nation in central New South Wales. This reversible play mat or camping mat includes many different Aboriginal symbols. At this gathering, you’ll find men sitting around campfires, women talking at campsites, digging tools, spears, boomerangs and coolamons. Can you spot them all?
This vibrant design is ideal as a teaching tool or group time rug, helping children learn more about their own and other cultures while they read, eat or play. It’s a useful introduction to Indigenous symbolism in art and opens young minds to the world of storytelling through pictures. Older children can extend their learning and look for similar symbols in other Indigenous art or stories.
Like all our recycled mats, Gatherings is hard-wearing and easy to clean, making it ideal for classrooms, libraries or any community space. As one of our more compact mat designs, Gatherings is lightweight for folding or transporting, so it’s easily moved from the story corner to a shady spot for lunch.
These mats are a great way to teach the meaning of Aboriginal symbols in daily class and can be used as extension activities to many other key learning outcomes. Consider using them in conjunction with other mat sets, or resources such as The Little Black Game Pack (designed by the same artist) to enhance the learning experience.
Gatherings Aboriginal design recycled mats in vibrant orange and black can be enjoyed in the home, office, classroom or anywhere you want to bring people together.
Name of design: Gatherings
Origin of design: Australian Aboriginal
Artist: De Greer Yindimincarlie
Origin of artist: Wiradjuri Nation, Central New South Wales
Size: 1.8 x 1.8m
Colours: Orange & black. *Also available in the following colour options - black & white.
Fabric: Recycled plastic
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:
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
Love themBy: Rose on 1 December 2017I've bought three of your mats and absolutely love them. One for picnics on the beach, one for the deck and one indoors. Love the feel of them under bare feet. Your customer service is 10/10. Thank you
GATHERINGS Aboriginal Design Recycled Mat, OrangeBy: Trevarne on 17 July 2017excellent
Beautiful MatBy: Sarah Sammons on 13 July 2017The mat is stronger than I expected and really great quality, I brought it to take to community events and everyone commented on how beautiful it was!
Bringing the cultureBy: Jodie vickery on 25 June 2017THANKYOU for my aboriginal "gatherings" mat, I am using it in my family daycare room,since the mat arrived last week we have had singtime, storytime and conversation time together. Plus it's helping with the cold timber floor boards! Thank you again we are just in love with this mat!
Happy customerBy: Vicki Bennet on 30 May 2017Very happy with the high quality of the mat with its awesome design and the prompt and friendly service. Lovely company, great product!