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Place of Saltwater Rug

This beautiful earthy artwork Place of Saltwater is by Shara Delaney- a descendant of the Ngari Nunagal, Goenbal, Ngugi clan groups of Quandamooka Country, which is located on the east coast of Brisbane. (check out more about her on Our Artists page)

The Story Behind the Design

The Yoolooburrabee ‘People of the sand and sea. Dabilbahnba (‘place of saltwater’) is themed around the representations of Quandamooka people’s knowledge, teachings, and spirituality.

The importance of water is significant to her people, it ties in with our cultural beliefs and practices, the place where they source their food. This design was inspired by the patterns and colours of the sand at low tide.

The memories of Shara’s dad going out to hunt mud crabs at low tide along Moongalba and the women digging the sand with our feet for eugaries (pippi shells) along the back beach on Minjerribah.

We keep these cultural practices flowing into the next generation. Looking back on the dreaming creation period, Shara is influenced by the journeys of the ancestral pathways through land and sea.

The knowledge rests within the land, it forms their identity as saltwater people (Goori’s).

Perfect for play-based learning, and for children to engage, connect to the stories & in turn spark conversation!

Material & size

This rug comes in a 2.3m x 1.6m and a 2x3m with an 8mm pile featuring a 100% superfine polyester surface & non-slip backing

Cleaning the Rug

Spot wash with warm soapy water using a damp cloth or soft brush, and airdry.