HONEY ANTS Aboriginal Design Recycled Mat, Black, Brown, Burgundy & White
Honey Ants is a unique, contemporary Aboriginal design recycled mat in earthy black, brown and white. This design is a great conversation starter! It’s ideal for bringing diversity into your classroom or as an eye-catching addition to your home or office. Caravan mat ? Daycare story rug? Office foyer style statement? The choice is yours!
This charming design was created by Dean Jakamara Briscoe, a respected Australian Indigenous artist from the Anmatyerre, Central Desert, region. Dean is a professional artist and designer, as well as the owner of Anmatyerre Arts and Crafts. In Honey Ants, he celebrates the tradition of digging for foods, including the wild bush honey produced by these curious Australian insects.
Aboriginal Mats featuring cultural stories
The symbols in the design depict people with nulla nullas (digging sticks) going out after the rain to search for ants. They need to dig up to a metre below the surface to retrieve the ants, which hang upside down in subterranean chambers. The digging can be hard work, but the sweet, smooth rewards are worth it!
All the unique Aboriginal mats commissioned by Recycled Mats are developed in close consultation with communities and feature images that are culturally-appropriate for sharing. Honey Ants can be used in a classroom to invite discussion about many topics, including culture, food, family life and Indigenous art.
Our popular indoor/outdoor plastic rugs are made from recycled plastics and are therefore environmentally responsible as well as ethically manufactured. Soft and durable, you can fold them up to move them from the classroom to the playground at snack time, or roll them up to pop in the car for your next day trip. Sand and dust brush away, while heavier soiling can be hosed off. Match your mat with a handy beach shelter to enjoy a family day out or a great value set of group time mats for your school or kindy.
Celebrate culture and the planet by choosing a contemporary Aboriginal design recycled mat in beautiful shades of black, brown and white. Order online today!
"Honey Ants" Recycled Plastic Mat
Name of design: Honey Ants
Origin of design: Australian Aboriginal
Artist: Dean Jakamara Briscoe
Origin of artist: Anmatyerre, Central Desert region
Size: 2.7m diameter
Colours: Black, brown, burgundy & 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 Round 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 play mats 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
Honey Ants matBy: Kerry Johnson on 29 September 2017Love,Love,Love my mat. Super good quality,Prompt delivery. SO very difficult to choose ones design as I like so many others.very happy customer
Napier street Childrens centre order reviewBy: Amy Kinder on 10 August 2017WE love the mats...they look beautiful in our yards and in our rooms. We were telling everyone about them. They are beautiful.
Recycled MatBy: Inverloch primary School on 13 July 2017Our class is really excited to use this mat in their classroom. They love to use it to sit around in a circle and the amazing design is a constant reminder of our Australian heritage. The teacher loves that it is washable!