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  • Dr. Beattie of Sheffield, England, was one of the world's top rug scholars until her death in 1997. Beattie was an expert in classical carpets and frequently worked with Charles Grant Ellis.
  • Graduated from the University of British Columbia studied bacteriology.
  • Doctorate at Edinburgh,
  • Staff of Edinburgh University until 1937.
  • Baghdad 1937 - 1946
  • Research Associate - Carpets, Textile Museum, Washington, D.C.
The three members of the "International Society of Dating Carpet Beatles". Ellis to the left in the center May H. Beattie of Sheffield (UK) and Friedrick Spuhler, Berlin. This picture was taken April 1964 at the Glasgow Art Gallery & Museum in Glasgow Scotland. Ellis and Beattie were unusual in that they were never dealers. Their work lives on as the foundation of so much of today's scholarship. The world's most exclusive Rug Club.

The three members of the "International Society of Dating Carpet Beatles". Ellis to the left in the center May H. Beattie of Sheffield (UK) and Friedrick Spuhler, Berlin. This picture was taken April 1964 at the Glasgow Art Gallery & Museum in Glasgow Scotland. Ellis and Beattie were unusual in that they were never dealers. Their work lives on as the foundation of so much of today's scholarship.

  • Beattie, M. H. The Rug in Islamic Art. 1984,
  • Beattie, M. H. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection of Oriental Rugs. 1972
  • Carpets of Central Persia1976.
  • Some Weft-Float Brocaded Rugs of the Bergama-Ezine Region, Textile Museum Journal, vol. 3, no. 2, 1971, pp. 20-27.
  • "Transylvanian Carpets: Problems of Attribution". Washington DC: ICOC 1980.
  • "Hereke and Its Carpets". Washington DC: ICOC 1980.
  • Beattie, May The Rug in Islamic Art: Temple Newsam House exhibition from April 16 to May 28, 1964 Leeds 1964.
  • Beattie, May 1974 Review of Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art by M.S. Dimand and Jean Mailey. Oriental Art, vol. 20, no. 4, Winter, pp. 449-52
  • Beattie, May H. 1976 Carpets of Central Persia with Special Reference to Rugs of Kirman, World of Islam Festival, London.
  • 1972 On the Making of Carpets, Islamic Carpets from the Collection of Joseph V. McMullen, Arts Council of Great Britain, London.
  • Beattie, May H. (ed.) 1978 Carpets of Central Persia with Special Reference to Rugs of Kirman: Proceedings of the Colloquium, Sheffield City Art Galleries, Sheffield.
  • Beattie, M., Housego, J., Martin, A. 1977 Vase Technique Carpets and Kirman, Oriental Art, XXIII/4, pp. 455-471.
  • Photo with Spuhler and Ellis

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J. Barry O'Connell Jr.

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