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The House of the Lotus

A Household in the Society for Creative Anachronism, Kingdom of the East

آب حیات است عشق

"Love is the Water of Life"

- Jalāl al-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī


The House of the Lotus is a 16th century Safavid Persian house of courtesans. Our estates are located in Isfahan, under the rulership of Shah Abbas I, in the Hijri year 1008 (CE 1599).  Our household is focused on the role of courtesans in the arts of Safavid Persia, and our courtesans include talented dancers, singers, instrumentalists, painters, calligraphers, and conversationalists. 

As we grow, we want to be representative of a fully functioning Persian estate. As such, we are interested in recruiting not only courtesans, but also fighters, artists, craftspeople, and any others who want to explore this unique piece of history.

The House of the Lotus is centered in the Crown Province of Ostgardr (New York, New York), but membership is not dependent on geography. We are an LGBTQ-friendly, disability-adaptive, and socially progressive household. Our personas come from diverse backgrounds, from al-Andalus to the Mongolian plains, and we hope that our membership will reflect a similar diversity.

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international non-profit educational organization dedicated to the research and re-creation of pre-seventeenth century skills, arts, combat and culture. There are more than 30,000 members around the globe. For more information, please visit

To learn about upcoming SCA events in the northeast, please visit


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