Here at Recycled Mats we only ever work with Indigenous artists to ensure absolute respect and integrity, leading the way back in 2009 Recycled Mats was the first to work with Indigenous Australian artists to create recycled plastic mats, and for this we are honoured to have been chosen by many to supply their homes, daycares and educational spaces with authentic quality, practical Aboriginal art.
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Our mats also give the world a taste of the amazing images, colours and Aboriginal art symbols available through Indigenous artwork. Our mats are very popular as classroom mats, for example, allowing children to learn about culture and Aboriginal designs while they eat, read or play. They are also used widely in homes, offices, campsites and Yarning Circles. As authentic Indigenous designs, every design is culturally appropriate for viewing by the wider public and approved for walking or sitting on. Our recycled floor mats make fantastic multicultural resources for classrooms by encouraging young people to explore the diverse shapes and images of Aboriginal art and the stories of indigenous Australians. Mix and match designs to create bright, multicultural diversity in your school, childcare centre, library or church. Display your culture with pride or just enjoy the distinctive designs and many potential uses of these beautiful indoor/outdoor mats. Our recycled products come in a wide-ranging variety of simple and classic designs as well as bold and distinctive designs to suit traditional and modern décor preference.
AUTHENTICALLY DESIGNED BY INDIGENOUS ARTISTS
Our exclusive Aboriginal mat designs invite you to celebrate Aboriginal artwork with rich colours and educational motifs commissioned from indigenous Australian artists. We have collaborated with talented Indigenous artists including, De Greer Yindimincarlie from the Wiradjuri nation, Helen Price of Darumbal Country and Christine Slabb of Bundjalung - Yugambeh. All of our artists are paid upfront or via royalty arrangements, depending on their own preferences. We promote the artists as individuals as well as the messages they wish to share via their designs. Artist’s collaborations are important to us and what we believe in. We are proud to support and promote Australian artists, designers and Indigenous artwork. Our artists and crafters are highly respected, valued and competitively remunerated. They are the engine that keeps us going. These partnerships help us to best represent and portray rich indigenous art through creative pieces that transform spaces.
- IN STOCK GARRIMA Aboriginal Design Outdoor Rug, by Christine Slabb, Teal & White $169.95 3% RRP $174.95 3m Diameter
- IN STOCK RECONCILIATION Aboriginal Design Recycled Mat, by Angela Marr-Grogan, Black, Brown & White $169.95 3% OFF RRP $174.95 3M Diameter
- IN STOCK MEETING PLACE Aboriginal Design Outdoor Rug, by Dean Jakamarra Briscoe, Brown & White $99.95 10% OFF RRP $109.95 1.8x2.7m
- IN STOCK TURTLE JOURNEY Aboriginal Design Outdoor Rug, By Helen Price, Blue & White $99.95 10% OFF RRP $109.95 1.8 X 2.7m
- IN STOCK TURTLE SEASON Aboriginal Design Outdoor Rug, by Christine Slabb, Blues $145.95 9% RRP $159.95 2.7m Diameter
- IN STOCK TRACKS Aboriginal Design Outdoor Rug, By De Greer Yindimincarlie, Red & White $99.95 10% OFF RRP $109.95 1.8 X 2.7m
- IN STOCK CAMPFIRE Aboriginal Design Recycled Mat, by Angela Marr-Grogan, Orange & Black $169.95 3% OFF RRP $174.95 2.4m Diameter
- IN STOCK JOURNEYS Aboriginal Design Outdoor Rug, By De Greer Yindimincarlie, Burgundy & White $135.95 10% OFF RRP $149.95 2.7 X 2.7m
We are proud members of the Indigenous Art Code, and have been since 2013. Becoming signatories to the Code, plus committing to transparent and ethical trading was easy as our philosophy and artist contracts already lined up with the standards. The Australia Council for the Arts and the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) created the foundation of standards for the Indigenous Art Code. To develop the Code, they worked closely with Indigenous artists, communities, visual art organisations and galleries to form agreements that would ensure trade between Indigenous artists, Indigenous art and dealers were kept fair and ethical. These agreements are now the standards that make up the Code, which was formally launched on 29 November 2010.
SUSTAINABLY MANUFACTURED & SUPPORT ETHICAL TRADING
Sourcing ethically made and sustainable products are the core values of Recycled Mats. Therefore, our unique designs are made from 100% recycled materials like polypropylene, car tyres and PET drink bottles. This makes them perfect to use as outdoor mats, as they are durable, comfortable and eco-friendly. We not only offer quality recycled products with Indigenous art that have great stories but also care for mother earth in the process. In the 9 years since our inception, we have cleaned up 160-ton recyclable materials from landfill as raw material for our products rather than adding to it.
Authenically designed by Indigenous artists
Recycled reusable plastic or polyester carry case included
Made using recycled polypropylene
Reversible, two designs for the price of one!
Soft and comfortable, UV treated and long-lasting
Lightweight and easy to fold up, transport and store
Mould resistant, washable and quick to dry
Our unique Aboriginal design floor mats have been made to the best attainable standards from UV treated recycled polypropylene to reduce the chance of colour fading. They are mould resistant, washable, quick drying and lightweight making them totally versatile for indoor or outdoor use. Our Aboriginal mats are also popular as hard wearing childcare mats, festival seating and camping rugs. They help break down prejudices by, are colourful, practical, eco-friendly and educational without compromising on comfort and style. For ease of transport, our recycled plastic mat will arrive folded. These fold marks will drop out over time; normally it takes a few weeks but warm temperatures may speed up the process. Keep in mind, if the mat is folded back up at the end of each day, the fold marks will remain.
CREATE YARNING CIRCLES WITH ABORIGINAL MATS
Using our Indigenous mats with Aboriginal art symbols is an ideal way to introduce children to the world of Aboriginal Art and storytelling. Our mats encourage the understanding of Aboriginal culture through symbolism. They also embed the local cultures and stories of the Australian land and can encourage children's natural curiosity to understand more about Aboriginal symbology and culture. To promote people coming together to improve, learn, share stories and build closer relationships, we recommend using our outdoor mats with Aboriginal designs for Yarning Circles. The Yarning Circle is a concept that comes from a time when community and family exchanged ideas and engaged with one another through sitting together. Yarning up, respecting elders, listening to stories and holding important community meetings are all important when taking part in a Yarning Circle.
Our Aboriginal mats and playmats are suitable for indoor and outdoor use. As outdoor rugs, these mats are a portable floor covering which can be used on picnics, for group gatherings at sports events, at the beach and for storytelling.
They’re light and durable enough to carry, yet strong and durable. An outdoor rug made from recycled plastic is a waterproof and comfy alternative to a traditional fabric outdoor rug.