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

Good Weave

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Since we learnt about GoodWeave we wanted to make sure that where we could, we could sell our rugs and kilims with the Good Weave logo. Now, this spring, thanks to the work of one of our suppliers a number of our bestselling rugs are now have the Goodweave logo.

Good Weave aims to stop child labour in the carpet and rug industry in countries such as India and Nepal. Good Weave was founded on the simple premise: if enough people demand certified child-labour free rugs, manufacturers will employ only skilled, adult artisans and children will no longer be exploited in the carpet and rug industry. Since its founding in the 1980s, more than 11 million GoodWeave certified rugs and carpets have been sold into Europe and North America. Taking the number of children stuck in the carpet making industry from 1 million to 250,000. As well as working to eliminate the use of child labour, Good Weave also work with rescued and at risk children to provide education and opportunities to ensure they don’t fall back into child labour.

This is something that we here at Myakka absolutely believe in. We have a close working relationship with our UK based rug and kilim suppliers and we have always worked closely with them to ensure that child labour has never been used in the production of any of the rugs and kilims that we stock. This is the first time that we have been able to offer a number of our rugs with the GoodWeave certification.

Our supplier has just gained the GoodWeave certification and a number of our rugs and kilims will now arrive with the GoodWeave label. Our UK based supplier, has been working with a manufacturer based in Varanasi, India and have a long-standing supplier of about eight years. They employee 60 weavers, some working in the factory on looms and some working from home on looms supplied by business which enables them to look after family or to help with any farming commitments. Weaving is a highly prized skill and is passed down and taught to family members through the generations.

Take a look at our complete kilim and rug collection here. To find out more about GoodWeave and they work they do, click here.



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Light up!

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Lamps can help create the perfect ambiance for your home. Whether you need to light a dark corner, or create a more restful atmosphere in your living room, the right lighting can make a room both look and feel different.

Here at Myakka we have a great range of lighting including table lamps, floor lamps, strings of lights and fun and quirky feature lamps. In typical Myakka style we have put together a collection of lamps and lighting that it just a bit different to what you can find on the high street, full of character and charm.

A standard of floor lamp is the perfect way to brighten up a dark corner. The Branch Floor Lamp has been crafted from reclaimed piece of branch formed together to create a unusual and attractive floor lamp that would look great with both modern and more traditional design. The Rattan Box Lamps are available in two sizes making them a great option for a difficult space and they look great!

Our collection of table lamps offers a number of different options and styles to help you create the perfect ambience. The Aswan Lamp looks great when un-lit with its ombré styled blue ceramic base but lit looks even better. The Natural Shell Lamp would make a great focal point in any room. The lamp has been cleverly styled to resemble a shell or a fossil finished with a plain natural coloured shade.

A feature lamp is the perfect focal point of point of interest for any room. Designed to great un-lit, these lights looks even better lit. The Bodhi Flower Lights look like a beautiful vase of flowers but when lit they are transformed into a magical bunch of flowers with 20 small lights, available in four colour options. Everyone wants to touch the Rattan Anemone Table Lamp, made from pieces of rattan woven into the shape of a sea anemone; this lamp casts beautiful patterns across your walls when in use.

The right lighting can help transform a room from drab to stylish. Take a look at all of lighting here. We are always busy creating new designs and coming up with new ideas for our lamps and lighting. If there is something that you would like to see, let us know by emailing hello@myakka.co.uk .

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Indian Spring

Monday, 9 May 2016

Simon has just returned from an exciting trip to India and beyond visiting our suppliers and meeting some new ones. It is an important part of our fair trade ethos that we make regular visits to our suppliers so we can ensure that products are being made correctly and that fair trade conditions are being maintained.

Simon, one of our founding directors, flies out to Asia twice a year to visit our suppliers and potential new suppliers. During the visit Simon works with our suppliers to sign off new designs for the Autumn catalogue and to start working on new designs for spring 2017.

Lots of new furniture designs were signed off ready for the autumn 2016 catalogue. We are adding new pieces to our existing collections including our new for spring 2016, Jasmeen range which has been very popular. As well as additions to our furniture collections there will also be lots of new lighting, accessories and textiles that Simon has picked out.

We can’t wait for the summer, as over the next couple of months Myakka HQ and we all try to sneak and peak at the new bits of pieces before it is packed up ready for photography in June. Here at Myakka we are very lucky to be able to design all of our furniture ourselves and then see if through from the design process to first sample and then through to the finished pieces and if we’re really lucky some of our customers send us pictures of their new furniture in their homes.

Keep a look out for our autumn catalogue that will feature lots of the new lines that Simon & Georgie have been developing with our suppliers in India. We are always looking for new ideas for new products to develop and we welcome any requests from customers for new furniture designs. If you have a great idea please do share it with us, email hello@myakka.co.uk or let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

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World Fair Trade Day

Tuesday, 3 May 2016


Saturday the 14th May is World Fair Trade Day, a day to both celebrate all the good work of fair trade and to promote fair trade to people all over the world. 2016 is all about being an Agent for Change.

The event celebrates fair trade and the contribution the fair trade has made in the fight against poverty, exploitation, climate change and the economic crisis. Organised and run by the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) this event celebrates fair trade all over the world.

World Fair Trade Day celebrates the work that fair trade practices have achieved to help producers from some of the poorest parts of the world fight poverty and provide a sustainable livelihood for the rest of their lives and beyond. It celebrates the millions of people working within fair trade and the world of producers and traders who support fair trade to help provide a fair and sustainable living for everyone within the supply chain. It is about encouraging and strengthening fair trade relationships and building on the 10 principles of fair trade.

There are events celebrating World Fair Trade Day all around the world and there are loads of ideas for events that you can hold at your work or school.  With ideas like a fair trade coffee morning or a holding a fair trade market or how about a quiz guessing where certain fair trade products are made – a great way to raise awareness of the amount of fair trade products available and the number of people all around the world that benefit from fair trade.

Running since 2001, World Fair Trade Day is a day that celebrates everything good about Fair Trade. This yeah the WFTO has launched its Be an Agent For Change theme. Be an Agent of Change is about encouraging us all to promote change and be part of change for the better of all. Why not be an Agent for Change at your work place and campaign to drink only fair trade tea and coffee. Or at home by choosing to only buy fair trade items where possible and telling others about the benefits of this.

So whether you to choose to support World Fair Trade Day by only drinking fair trade tea and coffee or eat only fair trade bananas, your support will go a long way to make sure that the people behind fair trade all over the world are benefiting from your support.

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