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Surya has named the winners of the third round of its popular Surya Spaces Contest. In early July, the brand invited its customers to submit photos of their favorite design projects featuring Surya rugs and accessories for the chance to win up to $1,000 toward Surya products.
More than 150 photos highlighting a broad range of decor styles and spaces were received from designers located throughout the United States. The winning entries, which were selected by Surya's leadership team based on creativity, design aesthetic and successful integration of Surya rugs and accessories, are:

  • 1st Place | Palm Singh of La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries/Sacramento – $1,000 in Surya products
  • 2nd Place | Tara Boelio of Mary Cook Associates – $750 in Surya products
  • 3rd Place | Tiffany Anich of Southerly Abode – $500 in Surya products

"The inspiration for our project came from the quiet calm of still water," said Palm Singh, vice president of design, La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Sacramento. "We wanted to create a modern zen feel, and started by choosing some amazing rugs from Surya, mirroring the rugs to reflect a tranquil image. Choosing the correct colors is so crucial for a well-balanced design, and we love that Surya understands the importance of working with the Pantone match-ups. It allows us to feel very confident in selecting the right rugs and accessories for our projects. The Sacramento La-Z-Boy team and I are very honored to receive this important recognition!"
All contest entries were featured in a special Surya Spaces Facebook image gallery, and the most ‘liked’ entry each week was spotlighted across Surya’s social media channels, providing access to more than 158,000 followers and potential future customers.
"The caliber of this year's Surya Spaces Contest entries exceeded our expectations," said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. "We enjoyed seeing the many, and diverse, ways our talented customers have transformed spaces using Surya accessories, and are inspired by their creative vision and passion for design. We're also excited to be able to provide additional exposure to contest entrants by sharing their design projects with our extensive social media audience. Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest and helped to make it a great success."
Surya customers are encouraged to continue posting their design projects incorporating Surya accessories using the tag #suryaspaces for a chance to be featured on the brand’s social media sites.


Surya has kicked off its fifth annual Miles for Meals fundraising initiative. The campaign, which runs through Oct. 31, 2016, supports Akshaya Patra (Unlimited Food for Education), an award-winning school lunch program that provides daily, hot nutritious meals to underserved children living in rural India, encouraging them to attend school and complete their education.
As part of the campaign – and the inspiration for the "Miles for Meals" name – Surya employees, friends and family members will run a half marathon in Atlanta on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, to raise funds and awareness for the program. Employees will also participate in team fundraising projects, which have in the past included car washes, craft and bake sales, a ping pong tournament and an international-themed luncheon.
"Too often, impoverished families living in remote areas in Northern India feel they have no other option but to pull their children from school to help put food on the table," said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. "As a result, these children are denied the chance for an education and hope for a brighter future. Akshaya Patra is removing obstacles to education one meal – and one child – at a time, making a lasting impact in communities that previously had little or no chance of moving beyond poverty. We are excited to kick off our fifth annual Miles for Meals campaign."
Surya created the Miles for Meals campaign in 2012, sparked by the desire to help improve the lives of children and their families living in Uttar Pradesh, India, where the company's more than 50,000 artisans reside. Surya has already raised over $215,000 for the internationally-recognized lunch program, which serves a freshly prepared hot meal every day to 1.6 million children throughout India. The fundraising goal for this year's campaign is $75,000, which will provide lunchtime meals for 5,000 children in Northern India for one year.
Surya President Satya Tiwari joined the Akshaya Patra USA advisory board in 2015 to help expand the reach and impact of the school lunch program. Other advisory board members include Deepak Chopra, founder, The Chopra Center for Wellbeing; Fareed Zakaria, author, journalist and host of CNN’s “GPS”; and Nitin Nohria, dean, Harvard Business School.
Donations to Surya’s Miles for Meals campaign are tax-deductible and can be made through Oct. 31, 2016, via the following site: It costs just $15 to feed one child for an entire year.
View photos of some of the children who are benefitting from the Akshaya Patra school lunch program.
To learn more about Akshaya Patra and Surya’s commitment to social responsibility, visit
About Akshaya Patra
The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a secular non-profit organization in a public private partnership with the Indian government, implements the world's largest NGO managed mid-day meal program. Akshaya Patra began as a pilot program feeding 1,500 children daily in five schools. Driven by the vision of its founders and Board members, Akshaya Patra currently feeds hot lunches to more than 1.6 million children each day and has set an aggressive goal of serving 5 million children by 2020. Akshaya Patra has a team of more than 5,800 employees who prepare and distribute the meals. To learn more, visit