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

Our Mothering Sunday Gift Guide

Friday, 29 January 2016

This year Mothering Sunday is on 6th March so make sure you choose the perfect fair trade gift so she can sit back relax and put her feet up. Here at Myakka we have a great selection of gifts and accessories that your mum will both love a treasure forever. Here are our top 10 mothering Sunday gift ideas…

1. Ooty Stripe Wool Kilim Footstool only £69.95
 Get your mum to put her feet up with this pretty and practical footstool in our favourite Ooty Stripe pattern.

2. Fine Moti Ari Hanging only £89.95
Create the perfect restful atmosphere with these stunning wall hangings. Each one is a design original as skilled artisans use recycled wedding saris to create these sparkly wall decorations.

3. Dalit Scented Candle Gift Set only £19.95
 These lightly scented candles are a perfect present for mum. Run her a hot bubble bath and light a few candles for the perfect relaxing treat.

4. Large Indian Domed Treasure Chest only £59.95
Perfect for your mum if she is a lover of jewellery and knick-knacks. Lots of useful storage with colourful traditional hand painting.

5. Contemporary Nest of Tables only £139
A true Myakka favourite, this nest of tables make the perfect gift. As good-looking as they are practical, your mum will love them.

6. Surin Love Heart Table only £119
Show how much your mum means to you with this solid monkey pod wood table skilfully shaped into a spiralling love heart.

7. Surin Owl Table only £119
If you mum has a thing for owls or would love a friendly character to hold her cuppa while she relaxes on the sofa – then this owl table is the perfect present.

8. Mixed Bodhi Flower Light only £59.95
Add some glamour to your mum's home with these pretty Bodhi Flower Lights, the leaves of the flowers are made from real leaves and looks striking both unlit and lit.

9. Painted Carved Giraffe from only £24.95
These painted and carved giraffes make the perfect gift, both colourful and friendly, these giraffes would look great in any home.

10. Ornate Moroccan Lanterns from only £8.95
These pretty lanterns are available in three sizes and look great when displayed together. Simply add some candles and they will helo create the perfect relaxing mood for your hardworking mum.

Whatever you get your Mum this Mothering Sunday make sure you not only buy her a gift but also spend some good, quality time with her!

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Last Chance to Save in the Winter Sale!

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

The winter sale has been extended!

You now have an extra 48hours to shop and save in the Myakka winter sale. You can save up to 50% on a great selection of furniture, accessories, lighting and gifts. Don’t miss out, the sale ends Sunday 31st January.  Some of the best savings are on products with limited stock, once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Since the start of the winter sale we have added even more lines to the sale and have added some further reductions. To take a look at all of our further reductions and new additions, please click here.

Some of our favourite products with a great offer include…
Take a look at all of our sale products here

Remember a lot of these products only have limited stock – Don’t miss out. The Myakka winter sale ends Sunday 31st January.


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Valentine's Day - Show them some love!

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Show your other half just how special they are by giving the gift of fair trade. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching so to help you, we have come up with a list of some of our favourite Myakka gifts...


1. Surin Love Heart Table
This is the perfect piece of furniture for Valentine ’s Day. The top is carved into a romantic heart shape with a spiralling base.

2. Zanzibar Kilim Footstool
Get your loved ones to put their feet up with this pretty and practical footstool. A perfect gift, with an attractive cobalt blue and natural pattern in a hardwearing kilim fabric on a solid wood frame.

3. Sea Green Block Print Quilt
Add a touch of warmth and colour to your home with this sea green coloured quilt. Made form 100% cotton with pretty block print flower patterns.

4. Mandala Embroidered Cushions
These pretty cotton cushions will add a touch of luxury to your home and make the perfect gift in three neutral colours including natural and sage.

5. Sivanai Wooden Photo Frame
This photo frame has pretty diamond detail carved into the frame. Simply add your favourite three pictures to frame and display your most treasured memories.

6. Scented Large Candles 
Made from organic plant wax candles are an ideal gift for your valentines. In relaxing scents such as Jasmine & Orange and Lavender & Sandalwood these candles smell amazing.

7. Wooden Paisley Heart 
Share the love with this pretty and detailed heart carving. Hand carved in Thailand and painted in gold and red these hearts will bring love to any room of your home.

8. Heart Driftwood Mirror
This pretty mirror will show your loved one how loved they are every time they look in the mirror. Made from  driftwood shaped into a heart this is a pretty and practical gift.

9. Wooden Heart Tealight Holder
This pretty tealight holder will help create the perfect atmosphere with for your home. With a wooden frame with a heart cut out this makes the ideal gift for your loved one.

10. Contemporary Nest of Tables
The perfect Myakka gift. These three nesting tables are perfect for a glass of bubbly and some chocolates. They arrive fully assembled and ready to use.

The classic present of flowers (fair trade roses of course!), chocolates and a lovely dinner will always be a winner but why not put a little thought into it and get them something that they can treasure for a little longer.

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Lustrous Sheesham Wood

Some of our most popular and loved collections are made from our most popular timber, sheesham. This wood makes up the Mallani, Thakat and Hathi collections as well as new collection that will be available this spring! (watch this space for more information!)

Dalbergia sissoo (Sheesham/Shisham) is also known as Indian Rosewood and is a beautiful hardwood, indigenous to India, Pakistan and Nepal.  The timber is a fast growing species with typical growth rate of around 3 metres per annum.  All timber for Myakka furniture is sourced from government managed plantations which are rotated over a 6-10 year period to ensure the wood supply is sustainable.

Sheesham Wood Furniture
The wood has a rich chestnut colour and is ideally suited to furniture making due to its hard nature and close grain that polishes well and finishes to a smooth surface.  As a natural material each piece of Sheesham timber has individual markings and characteristics resulting in every item of furniture being totally unique.

 There are many advantages to using Sheesham wood in the construction of furniture:
  • seasons well which means it is less likely to warp or split
  • the wood takes a good polish and finishes to a smooth lustre
  • Has a beautiful graining detail and colouring
  • Strong and hardwearing

Sheesham Wood Furniture Production
Initially all timber for furniture manufacture is chemically treated to eradicate any resident parasites before being kiln dried to reduce the moisture content to 6-7%, to ensure stability in the UK environment and thereby massively reducing the chance of any movement.

The wood is then processed in the factory using a combination of the latest high-tech German machinery and traditional craftsmanship.  Every piece of sheesham Myakka furniture is designed with specific tolerances to absorb any changes to the timber which may occur with the change of climate.  Once construction is complete and quality control checks are passed, a stain is applied to the lighter sap wood to create a more uniform colour finish and then each piece of furniture is hand waxed.  This is where the true character of this timber is brought to life and the natural lustre of the wood developed.

Sheesham Wood Furniture Care
Once in your home, to protect your new furniture we recommend the use of Mylands Antique Mahogany Wax which helps to nourish the wood.  Dependant on the level of use, we recommend re-waxing the furniture every 6 months to maintain the deep lustre and nourish the timber. We do not advise the use of any silicon based furniture polish or wax.

Sheesham wood furniture will look fantastic whilst being hardy enough to deal with the stresses and strains of everyday use.  It is a beautiful hardwood that is incredibly easy to live with and offers an exceptionally good value alternative to laminate and veneer furniture.

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Look after your sheesham furniture - How to Remove Ring Marks

Friday, 8 January 2016

Does your furniture need a bit of TLC now that the festive season is over?  Now is a great time to give your furniture a little care to restore it to its best. Extra visitors and guests in your home often means lots of cups of tea and coffee which can lead to the dreaded ring mark.  Always use coasters when you can but accidents do happen. Don't worry though - ring marks can be easily removed from your Myakka furniture with our simple step by step guide, some beeswax polish, wire wool and a soft cloth.

We recommend Mylands Traditional Wax Polish for keeping your furniture looking its best. The Antique Mahogany colour is perfect for our Sheesham ranges as the slight colour in the wax will maintain the colour and finish of the Mallani, Thakat, and Hathi collections. The clear wax is perfect for the Surin range as it will maintain the finish but won’t add to the colour. As well as helping to remove ring marks, Mylands Wax is ideal for the general care of your furniture. It feeds the wood and gives your furniture a natural lustre.

If you have any ring marks, or any marks caused by liquid, then follow these steps...

  • Start with a very fine 0000 grade wire wool (the finer the better) and rub the ring mark and surrounding area down. Rub gently in the same direction as the grain of the wood.
  • Once the ring mark has gone, use a soft cloth to apply Mylands Wax to the area, rubbing in a circular motion.
  • Leave for as long as possible, ideally for 20-30 minutes to sink in well and then buff with a soft cloth. This step is really important and this will remove any residue and will give your furniture a nice lustre.

If you would like to see a short video of Simon demonstrating how it's done or to see how to polish your Myakka furniture click here.

Or call our very knowledgeable and friendly Customer Service Team who are full of useful tips and information. Call 0345 460 3122 or email sales@myakka.co.uk  and they will do what they can to help.

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