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Indian furniture, Dining Table, Nest of Tables, Cushions and Accessories

Happy 2016!

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Happy New Year to all of our customers both old and new. 2015 has been a fabulous year for us here at Myakka celebrating 16 years of fair trade furniture, lighting and home accessories, and we look forward to 2016 being even better with exciting new developments and adventures. 

Thank you to all of our customers for their support through 2015. It has been a successful year for us and for all of our fair trade suppliers in India and beyond. 

The whole team at Myakka wish you a very prosperous 2016!

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Looking forward to spring!

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Every year in December we battle through the cold and grey weather to spend a week or so on location completing photography for our new Spring catalogue. This December we spent six days in two beautiful homes taking some striking new images of some Myakka classics and new additions ready for their debut in March 2016.

One of the most difficult things to do is create a spring look in December when it is rather grey outside but with the aid of some clever lighting and some spring flowers we think we have achieved some lovely pictures.

The team worked hard to take as many photographs as possible capturing the natural grain detail and colour of the wood of our furniture as well as taking pictures of some new accessories. The new catalogue will be ready in March and will feature additional pieces in our Mallani, Hathi, Thakat and Stonemill ranges and great new accessories too. There will also be an exclusive new range making its first appearance in March… watch this space for more details!

Once again, we worked with the very talented photographer David McDowall who we have worked with now for a number of shoots. We always try hard to capture the detail of the furniture in a real setting so it can take more time to capture the perfect image, with lots of prop swapping in the process!

The design and creative team is now busy working hard to turn all this hard work into a beautiful catalogue full of exciting new pieces designed especially for you. Don’t miss out… if you’re not already on the Myakka mailing list, make sure you sign up so you’re included in the first mailing of the new catalogue hot off the press in March.

Simply click here to get yours.

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Winter Sale NOW ON!

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Our Winter Sale in now on here at Myakka and you could get up to 50% off some of our best selling furniture, accessories and soft furnishings. This year the sale starts on Wednesday 23rd December and will run through the whole month until Friday 29th January 2016. But don’t leave it to the last minute, some of our best deals have limited stock so be quick!

Here at Myakka HQ we are always keen to see which of our favourite pieces are in the sale. Many of us have our eye on one of two items with cracking discounts.  With this in mind we thought we would share some of our favourite sale bargains with you...

Our Wincanton Warehouse Outlet and Guildford Shop are both Aladdin’s caves of sensational finishing touches. The Antique Sari Cushions are now just £14.95, reduced from £19.95 per 45 x 45cm cushion.

We have an extensive range of hand-woven kilim rugs, wool and jute rugs, Indian cotton dhurries and doormats.  The beautiful Karom Kilim Rug is hand loomed in India using traditional techniques.  There are four sizes available, with up to £100 off.  The Super Large rug, w240 x h360cm, is down to £449.95 from £549.95.

It’s amazing the difference lighting can make to your home and a wide selection of lamps and lights to create the desired effect.  The Kiri Driftwood Tall Lamp is made from ethically sourced natural driftwood.  Originally £139.95, it is just £99.95, a saving of £40

There are even more bargains to be had with the exclusive furniture clearance sale from our Warehouse Outlet in Wincanton.  There are savings of up to 70% on customer returns, samples and clearance furniture including nests of tables, blanket boxes, coffee tables, TV units and dining tables – plus much, much more.   Doors open at 10am on 4th July and everything is sold on a first come, first served basis.

For full stock information and to order online visit Alternatively, visit Myakka Warehouse Outlet, Tythings Commercial Centre, Wincanton, BA9 9EQ.  Tel: 01963 31222

Hurry! Sale ends Friday 29th January 2016.

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Special Furniture Clearance Sale - up to 70% off!

Our exclusive furniture clearance sale starts on Sunday 27th December at 11am. This special event takes place at our Warehouse Outlet in Wincanton, Somerset and is the perfect opportunity to grab yourself a real bargain!

You could save up to a massive 70% on customer returns, samples and clearance furniture in our special one off clearance sale. We have a vast selection of furniture to carry away; including nests of tables, blanket boxes, coffee tables, TV units and dining tables – plus much, much more.

The sale will run from Sunday 27th December at 11am until Friday 29th January. These bargains are limited and are strictly on a first come, first served basis. So make sure you are here ready to take away your furniture. Please note the clearance section is only open on weekends.

The Myakka Warehouse Outlet is easy to find just off the A303 trunk road in Somerset. For more information about how to find us please have a look at our Warehouse Outlet page. For further information on the sale please give our friendly customer service team a call on 0345 460 3122 or email

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Christmas Jumper Day!

Friday, 18 December 2015

Text Santa’s Christmas Jumper Day is now in its fourth year
and the team here at Myakka have embraced the chance to both wear our Christmas jumpers and help raise some money for a worthy cause.

In total there were 13 of the team who dressed up with Christmas jumpers and elf hats along with Dave the dog got involved with his very own Christmas hat!

We have made our donation to Text Santa which will be split between three causes; Save the Children, Macmillan Cancer Support and Make a Wish. All such worthy causes, a donation of just £2 really can change and save lives.

So why not don your favourite Christmas jumper and help others at the same time? Just text SANTA5 to 70760 to donate £5! Find out more here.

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Happy New Year to all our Myakka Customers!

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

We would like to wish all of our customers both old and new a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 2015 has been a fab year for Myakka with oodles of exciting changes such as two brand new collections. We would like to thank all of our customers whose help goes onto our fair trade suppliers in India and beyond. When we flourish so do they!

We are looking forward to an even better year next year and we are excited to see what the year brings. All of this wouldn’t be possible without you - our great customers – so this is a big THANK YOU to all of you.

The whole team at Myakka wish
you a very Merry Christmas and a fabulous 2016!

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Last orders please! It's not too late for Christmas 2015!

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Don't panic there is still time to shop for Christmas - You can order in stock small furniture, gifts and accessories up until midday Tuesday 22nd December for pre-Christmas delivery. Best of all, we are still offering our standard delivery (usually £4.95) FREE when you spend £25! We have many unusual gift ideas in stock and ready to be delivered in time for Father Christmas. You have until midday on Thursday 17th December to order your large and medium pieces of furniture for pre-Christmas delivery.

As well as FREE standard delivery, we are also giving you 10% off all in stock gifts and accessories when you spend £25, simply quote the promotion code SNOWMAN. This offer also includes our bestselling Contemporary Nest of Table and Surin Infinity Table in Natural. This offer is only available until midnight on Monday 21st December. Please note this offer does not include delivery charge, out of stock gifts and accessories, accessories that are already discounted or any furniture except C2781 and C7796.

Some of our bestselling smaller furniture pieces are still available - ready to be in your house for this Christmas - and best of all our standard delivery is FREE! Our Mallani Space-Saver Bookshelf is one of our favourite items of furniture, small enough to fit into a tight spot but with lots of room for books and DVDs it is perfect for a quick last minute Christmas tidy up. Another best seller from the Mallani range is the Contemporary Nest of Tables, at only £129, it is the perfect accessory for your home. This little nest is perfect if you have guests this Christmas as there will always be somewhere to put extra refreshments but store neatly together when not needed, and there is 10% off this nest with the code SNOWMAN!

Lots of our popular Surin range can be delivered to you in time for Christmas including the friendly Surin Elephant Ride Table and the lovely Surin Love Heart Table - both carved from solid monkey pod wood; these gifts that will last a lifetime and both have FREE standard delivery.

For some of those tricky people on your list, we have some great ideas. Our Polished Steel Lanterns makes a lovely gift for that person who has everything! Made using polished steel, this gift is looks as lovely lit as it does lit-up with candles. Scented candles make a lovely gift option and our range from Dalit arrive packed up in lovely gift boxes – which make them very easy to wrap up! With every purchase of a Dalit candle or spices, money goes towards helping the Dalit people who are some of the poorest in India.

Whoever you have got left to buy for this Christmas, we are sure to have the perfect gift solution and best of all it can be delivered for FREE up until Christmas! – If it is in stock and is within our standard delivery charge bracket.

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Occasional Tables and Chairs – Be the host with the most!

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Over the festive season, it is often the case that our homes have a lot more people in than it normally has to deal with. With these extra people, the demand for somewhere to sit or to pop down a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie can reach competitive levels. Occasional tables, chairs or an extra stool or bench are the perfect solution!

We have a great range of occasional tables and stools, especially from our Surin range. Many are hand carved from solid monkey pod wood can be used as both a useful side table and a handy perch for a person. Our Surin Infinity Table is one of our most popular tables that is perfect next to your sofa but works equally well as an occasional stool. The Surin Owl Table is the perfect side table and his friendly face is bound to be a conversation starter.

The Kampar Woven Tall & Small Stools are perfect to have for guests. The Woven Small Stool is great when not needed for a big family gathering - it is perfect for a bedroom, or tucked away neatly in the corner but provides an invaluable perch for an extra guest at busy times of year.

A nest of tables are perfect if you have guest coming over. All of our nests of tables slide neatly together when not in use, but when an extra side table is need for drinks and nibbles, they make the perfect solution. Contemporary Nest of Tables is a customer favourite with good reason – they take very little of you floor space up but provide three useful surfaces when entertaining and the slightly curved legs are a real design feature making them both pretty and practical.

Best of all – many of our occasional tables and chairs can still be delivered before Christmas. If it is in stock and only requires our standard delivery service, then as long as you order by midday Tuesday 22nd December, we can get it to you for the big day – and delivery is FREE!

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The Big Christmas Challenge!

Friday, 4 December 2015

Regular readers of our blog will already know that we have been supporting and working with SKSN school in Rajasthan India since January 2008 and it is a cause close to our hearts. This Christmas the Indiability Foundation is part of the big Christmas Challenge which aims to fundraise as much as possible for charities throughout the UK.  SKSN School is part of the Indiability Foundation which works to improve lives of the disabled children in India who often don’t get access to education.  

The Big Christmas Challenge is all about match funding any donations  made so SKSN School secures double the amount of donation for their great cause.  So for every £10 donation, this will be matched so that the Indiability Foundation will receive £20. For only £80 you can educate a disabled child at the SKSN for a whole year. To donate to the Indiability Foundation, simply click here.

SKSN School is a residential school for 500 physically challenged children in Rajasthan, Northern India. The school aims to provide education to a high standard for all children right through from primary and secondary school all the way up to higher education and teacher training.

As SKSN developed and grew there was a need for an umbrella organisation to help manage all the different activities. The Indiabilty Foundation was established as a UK and Indian charity to support and work with the School and to work to improve the lives of Disabled Children in India. The Indiability Foundation covers  everything from  education (SKSN School), training (teacher training and sports academy), enterprise (vocational training programmes), wellbeing (sports and healthy living) and outreach (campaigning and educating).

We have been working with and supporting the Indiability Foundation and SKSN school for nearly seven years with regular donations, sourcing and supplying school desks and helping to develop the Vocational Training Centre (VTC).The VTC  teaches a selection of school leaver’s skills that will last a lifetime. Through this young adults are taught seamstress and tailoring skills and through our trade programme make cushions, bedspreads and bags that we are able to sell. These are products are the very essence of fair trade - made using locally sourced, ethical materials, providing well paid, fair trade employment and an enthusiastic setting.

SKSN School and the Indiability Foundation is a cause that we feel very passionate about. So we really appreciate every donation that they receive and with the Big Christmas Challenge and it is great to know that every donation will be matched funded to help double their pot! Christmas is all about give a little something that will help change a child’s life?

The Big Christmas Challenge starts at midday on Friday 4th December and continues until 5pm on Monday 14th December - go get donating now!

You can find out more about the Big Christmas Challenge here.

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Order now for delivery in time for Christmas!

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Our couriers are working right up to Christmas Eve to make sure all your orders are delivered in time for the big day. We are now getting close to the last order date for larger furniture needing our Delivery + service. So if you were thinking about ordering a new TV unit for the new TV, or a Storage Seat to smarten up your hallway, make sure you order by midday Thursday 17th December.

Midday Thursday 17th December is also the deadline for pre-Christmas delivery of furniture with a £15, £25 or £40 delivery charge. Please note this applies to in stock items only. For delivery to Northern Island, Highlands, Isle of Wight Scottish Islands, Isle of Man or Eire, the last order date is midday on Tuesday 8th December, so get your orders in quickly.

Contact our friendly and knowledgeable Customer Service Team if you have any questions at all.  Please be aware that to receive your furniture order in time for Christmas Day you will need to accept the first available delivery date and time slot, so the earlier you place your order the better. Our delivery partners request that if possible that 2 contact numbers are provided to ensure they can make contact with you.   Contact our Customer Service Team on 0345 460 3122 or email

You can still order your Christmas gifts, accessories and small furniture items right up until midday  Tuesday 22nd December for delivery on Christmas Eve. Don't forget to use the facility for special delivery notes such as ‘please leave in the shed’. Plus until Monday 21st December we are offering FREE standard delivery with orders of £25 of more – saving you £4.95*!

*Offer excludes larger items requiring Delivery + service, which bears a £15, £25 or £40 delivery charge (look for the lorry symbols).
Shop now! This offer expires on 21st December 2015.

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