In a piece of fiction that I am writing, I used this sentence:
The piece of parchment was inked with the emblem.
This line is intended to convey that the parchment has an inked emblem on it. However, this line can have two meanings: the first is that the parchment was inked at that time by an outside force (a person or thing that actively did something at the specific moment), and the second is that the parchment had been inked, but the action had been completed prior to the moment in question (the person or thing that had been responsible for the action had finished said action a while ago).
Because of this, is it more appropriate to write the past perfect version?:
The piece of parchment had been inked with the emblem.
Or are they both equally valid? I have seen similar examples in other pieces of professional writing, but I would think that there's room for misunderstanding.