Today, June 10th, 2012 Clars Auction Gallery in Berkeley, California, is holding the second going out of businesssale for the hazara gallery, also of Berkeley.
The owner of hazara gallery, one mohammed zavvar, like many similarly inclined middle eastern rug dealers is basically a know little pompous peddlar of floor covering who often describes his merch in far more significant and lofty terms.
Frankly, the machinations of mr zavvar in his going out of business ploys would surely not interest RK, as zavvar is so far down the totem pole we couldnt see him with binoculars.
But zavvar got on the wrong side of us some years ago and remains so, and this is the reason for RK giving him some notariety he surely doesnt deserve.
In the early 1990s RK was living in Marin County, which is just on the other side of the San Rafael Bridge from Berkeley, and we often would a few times a month cruise around in Berkley, checking out the antiques stores which used to be quite numerous in the east bay. Occassionally we would find something of interest, and every once and a while something worth all the near misses and many not worth getting out of the car visits.
This is no longer the case as those stores, and many other like them throughout California and the east coast, are closed and no longer are such forrays worth the time and effort.
We visited zavvars gallery on several occassions and never saw anything we liked or were even mildly interested.
But on one occassion mr zavvar, who usually was semi'haughty, full of himself and always asking why we did not buy something, seemed somewhat desperate as he followed RK around in his small gallery.
Come on he said Why dont you buy something this time. I will make you a special price".
No Thanks we replied You have nothing we want or need.
There must be something you will buy he insisted.
No we reiterated You have nothing we want".
Well, you collect soumak bags dont you. What about this one he said pointing to a good looking but not old or interesting enough for us, mid 19th century, example.
ts not for us we said and when he asked us why we told him its age and design were nothing wed bother with.
Look he said need to make a sale, I need money".
Dont we all we said tongue in cheek.
Listen zavvar said the price is 2500 dollars but you can have it for 1500.
No thanks we said starting to walk to the door as this conversation was getting boring.
K. OK, How about 1200 zavvar said trying to interest us.
Nope we repeated continuing to the door.
lright, alright, how much will you pay
Honestly, we really dont want it but for 800 dollars we will buy it.
Well, I cant sell it for that, I paid more zavvar intoned.
Good. No problem. We really dont want it", as we reached the door and started to walk out of his shoppe towards our car.
Zavvar followed us out of his shop and when we openend the car door he said Alright. alright you can have it but you must pay cash.
Well, we dont have it but we can go to the bank and get it for you".
He said Fine but please hurry in a now undisguised desperate tone.
So we left, got the cash, and returned taking the bag with us.
Some months later, we sold the bag to a visiting European dealer.
The next time we saw zavvar, which was maybe a year or so later at an icoc conference, he came huffing and puffing up to us and called us a cheat and a thief rather loudly and in public.
At first we did not know what the fuck zavvar was talking about but then as he sputtered out the story that hed found out we sold the soumak for three times what we paid for it we knew all.
Listen up, zavvar, you begged us to buy it, remember we did not want it and what we paid you is what you agreed to. So belt up and grow up".
He limped away that time but at the several other times our paths have crossed zavvars act has gotten more and more beligerant. And he still calls us a thief and a cheat.
What a cry baby, schmuck, is all RK can say.
So this is mohammed zavvar in action. Too bad there will be little action at his second Clars going out of business auction.
It will, we are sure, be an abysmal failure like the last one.
Good riddens to clowns like zavvar who, we are sure, will still be in business after this going out of business auction, just like the last one.