Rug shop a ‘hidden secret’

Temple Direct Rugs owners Chris Hoyne and Sandy |Brennan. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d418167
Temple Direct Rugs owners Chris Hoyne and Sandy |Brennan. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d418167

‘There are always new ones coming in, but we can’t bring ourselves to part with any,’ Ms Brennan said.

‘We’re living proof that when people fall in love with their rugs, they become a part of the family.’

Mr Hoyne said Temple Direct had operated from many locations in the western suburbs over the past 20 years, but their new gallery in Shenton Park would be their permanent home.

‘We’re introducing ourselves to the neighbours and growing a local edible garden, so we are not just a business but also a community member,’ he said.

‘Our daughter goes to school at Shenton College a few minutes away; we just love this area.

‘One of the most exciting things about buying this property is that in a few years time, we’ll redevelop the back and build our house there. Soon we’ll be the classic old retailers who live above the shop.’

Mr Hoyne said he and Ms Brennan were not ‘natural-born salespeople’ and would find it very hard to promote a product that they did not believe in.

‘Within any style, we only stock the most authentic and highest quality,’ he said.

‘We look at the hallmarks of a beautiful rug that will stand the test of time and won’t go out of style. If you ask our customers over the past 10 years, they would tell you we’re a hidden secret.’

Mr Hoyne and Ms Brennan’s second business, Perth Rug Wash, will move to the new location this year.