Saltwater Connection

This design titled Saltwater Connection is by Bundjalung & Bidjara artist Steve Bekue.

The Story behind the Design

This painting represents the Bundjalung people's connection to the saltwater. 

The saltwater is important to us as it gives us healing, our spirituality, and our connection to food sources and totems. I grew up hunting from the creeks of Currumbin. We would go spearing for crabs, oystering, and fishing. This is something I would do with my brothers, uncles and cousins. We would walk through the mangroves to hunt for crabs at night, sitting along the banks of the creek fishing and knocking the oysters off the rock.

We respect and look after our waterways because of our cultural connection and what it provides for us. By continuing these traditions with our children, our identity as Saltwater people is kept alive.


  • Measures 2x3m 
  • Nylon 9mm cut nylon pile rug with TPR backing
  • Serge stitching with no-pull edges
  • Treated to guard against odours, mildew & static shock

Cleaning the rug

Vacuum Regularly. Avoid any cleaning agent with bleach or strong chemicals. It is best to try an area for colourfastness before using across a large area of the rug. We recommend to use a dry powder style of cleaner as they can be vacuumed out of the rug and do not leave any residue. When cleaning, always blot, and never scrub or rub abrasively.

DO NOT run vacuum directly over outer serged edge of carpet. This can create fraying.   Clean spills immediately by blotting with a cloth or sponge. Remove any grease spots with ordinary dry cleaning solvents. If you do vacuum over the edge of the rug it can cause serge yarn to become frayed and torn. It is always best to test a cleaner on an inconspicuous spot on the carpet/rug before applying to the entire piece.
 Professional or periodic cleanings using the power spray-extraction carpet cleaning method are recommended. You should have the smallest possible amount of cleaning chemical used when you hire a professional cleaner. Allow to dry flat on the floor.

Not recommended for use outdoors or in bright sunlight as the material colours may fade over time.