- 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
- Doctorate at Edinburgh,
- Staff of Edinburgh University until 1937.
- Baghdad 1937 - 1946
- Research Associate - Carpets, Textile Museum,
||The world's most exclusive Rug Club.
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
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
- Beattie, M., Housego, J., Martin, A. 1977 Vase
Technique Carpets and Kirman, Oriental Art,
XXIII/4, pp. 455-471.
- Photo with
Spuhler and Ellis
Thanks and best wishes,
J. Barry O'Connell Jr.