Established in the Yorkshire Dales National Park in 1977 and despite the challenges of their rural location, where they have to generate their own electricity and with no mains water supply – Royal Oak Furniture have turned their small family business into an international success, with a world-wide reputation for quality handmade furniture.
Royal Oak are beating the current recession with a booming export order book, producing bespoke cabinetry for embassies and palaces, as well as private residences throughout the world.
While the economic downturn has affected the UK furniture market massively in recent years, the export market for Royal Oak has remained buoyant.
Already this year, they have received three overseas orders from different Russian clients and another from Israel, including the companyâ€™s biggest single order in their 35-year history. It takes the value of their exports to 30% of the firmâ€™s turnover.
Founder Paul Kent explains â€œWe first started getting interest from all over the world, through our furniture displays in Harrods during the 1990â€™s and it seems that the unique level of craftsmanship and service we offer is really appreciated abroad. True cabinet making skills all but died out in the Eastern Bloc under communism, so beautiful, hand-carved furniture, is now very highly valued in that region.â€
Featured here is the gorgeous Jacobean Four Poster Bed.
All of the Four Poster Beds are magnificent. The carving is all done by hand, so no two beds will ever be the same. Priced around Â£12,650.
Royal Oak Furniture have demonstrated what can be achieved during the recession, by servicing the demand created by the new-found personal wealth in Russia and similar countries, supplying not only beautifully carved tables and chairs, but also ornate panelled rooms and four poster beds.
For further information about stockists and to view Royal Oakâ€™s finest traditional and contemporary furniture collections, please visit the website.
Tel: +44 (0) 1756 753378