TURTLE CIRCLE Torres Strait Island Design Mat, Bronze & White
2.7 x 2.7m
Turtle Circle (or Waru Circle) is a Torres Strait Island design mat in rich bronze and white. It’s deal for the playroom, classroom or any room where you want to gather people for group time, sharing food or sharing conversation.
Michael Gilsenan is an Australian Indigenous artist with connections to Stephen Island in the Torres Strait and the Yidinji people of Far North Queensland. For him, the turtle is an important symbol of life in that region. It has a practical use, as food, but also cultural and spiritual significance as a reminder of a balanced and respectful relationship between people and the ocean.
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. The eye-catching colours and distinctive cultural imagery ensure it will be a talking point in any library, community centre or shopfront.
Turtle Circle 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 classroom mats to extend learning in areas such as culture, nature, family life or art. In the home or office, Turtle Circle is a great way to celebrate cultural diversity through art. This design is also popular for beach and caravan mats.
Turtle Circle is a unique Torres Strait Island design 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: Turtle Circle / Waru Circle
Origin of design: Torres Strait Islands
Artist: Michael Gilsenan
Origin of artist: Yidinji (Far North Queensland) and Stephen Island (Torres Strait)
Size: 2.7 x 2.7m
Colours: Bronze & white. *Also available in the following colour options - blue & green.
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
Thank you!By: Mel on 16 August 2017This product is so awesome. The children love it at my centre and so do the staff. It's easy to clean and looks wonderful. It's easy to pack away even thought it's so big. This is my second mat bought from you guys and I'm sure it won't be my last.
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