THE YARNING CIRCLE Aboriginal Design Recycled Mat, Orange & Black
2.7 x 2.7m
The Yarning Circle Aboriginal design recycled mat, in bright orange and black, is a practical teaching tool, whilst also looking amazing in any home, office or school.
Designed by innovative Australian Aboriginal artist De Greer Yindimincarlie, of the Wiradjuri Nation in central New South Wales, this recycled, reversible floor mat includes a range of different Aboriginal symbols. Can you see men and women? Children? Emu or kangaroo tracks? How about digging tools, boomerangs and coolamons? Introduce children to the world of storytelling through symbolism, which is a central part of Aboriginal art.
These mats are a great way to bring diversity education into the school or early learning environment in fun and engaging ways. Make cultural stories a part of everyday life by using these mats as circle time mats or eating places. 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 by extending the group’s interest in symbols.
Like all our recycled mats, The Yarning Circle is durable and easy to clean, as well as comfortable to sit on or walk on. The large size makes it a great space for gathering a class group or extended family, indoors or outdoors.
Importantly, every Indigenous design mat you buy from Recycled Mats has been created in consultation with Aboriginal artists and their communities. They feature authentic designs and symbols that are culturally appropriate for sharing in the wider community.
The Yarning Circle Aboriginal design recycled mats in popular orange and black can be enjoyed in the home, office, classroom or anywhere you want to bring people together for a yarn!
Name of design: The Yarning Circle
Origin of design: Australian Aboriginal
Artist: De Greer Yindimincarlie
Origin of artist: Wiradjuri Nation, Central New South Wales
Size: 2.7 x 2.7m
Colours: Orange & black. *Also available in the following colour options – green & white.
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.
*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|
Red ochreBy: Catherine - The Nature School on 27 February 2018We love this mat at The Nature School. We have incredible red ochre soil that stains everything, but we just put this mat straight out onto it (orange side down) and it's perfect. It blends into our natural environment, the kids stay clean and the mat washes off! Plus of course it's the best place for a yarn...
Awesome mat to use in my classroom!By: Bronwyn Doran on 2 April 2017Awesome mat to use in my classroom for my students to talk in a circle in Philosophy class. They loved it! 8 teenagers can sit comfortably around the central fire. I think you should include the meanings of the symbols: children (small u shapes) women (with round bowl and clap sticks) , men ( with spears and boomerangs) and identify the animalsl On the black/orange mat they are emu and kangaroo. I did not realise it would be reversible from your description, so maybe let people know. Thanks for bringing indigenous culture into the public arena as you are doing. All power to you!
BeautifulBy: Julia on 2 March 2017We bought this as a gift for friends who are ready to travel around Australia. It looks just perfect as the flooring for their camper van. A perfect gift!!
Yarning Circle MatBy: Heather Priest on 25 February 2017I recently bought the Yarning Circle mat for my Grandchildren's School. They presented it last Friday at assembly to the Principal, students and parents present. This is a small school 160 students. The mat was loved by all and is now pride of place in the Art room. I was also very impressed by how fast it arrived three days from order to delivery. Thank You very much it is so BEAUTIFUL I will ordering more for my house next. Cheers
Wonderful matBy: Jo on 13 February 2017Love, love, love the mat. Practical and beautiful. My 9year old son described what the symbols meant and we had a great conversation about Aboriginal culture. Also, very durable.